Mountain West Teens Speak Out On Guns

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected at rallies for gun control across the country. And no one is speaking louder than those who inspired the rallies and who feel they have the most at stake: teens.

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For the second year in a row, Colorado lawmakers are working on a way to provide funding for the states roadways. In 2017 it was a proposed tax measure that failed. This time around it’s a bonding plan that would lock the state into annual payments coming from the general fund. This is where Democrats and Republicans disagree on the plan.

Changes were made in the Senate that could make its passage easier when it goes to the House for deliberation. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal and Marianne Goodland with Colorado Politics about the bill and the likelihood of its passage.

In the 1980s, as hip-hop was budding in the streets of New York City, a teenage girl from the Queens projects emerged as one of the genre's first female stars. At 14, Lolita Shanté Gooden, better known as Roxanne Shante, was a fierce, freestyling rap prodigy.

Dog lovers rejoice: You now have another excuse to share pictures of your pups.

Today is National Puppy Day, as declared by holiday founder Colleen Paige and thousands of Twitter users, who made #NationalPuppyDay a trending hashtag on Friday.

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that.

That is because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there is a sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.

On Aug. 12, 1945, days after atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, the Donnors received an official telegram at their home in Big Rapids, Mich. Their son, U.S. Navy Radio Technician 2nd Class Clarence Donnor was missing in action, it said.

Although they did not know it at the time, Donnor had been listed as aboard on the USS Indianapolis, which had been sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea on July 30, resulting in the largest loss of life at sea in U.S. Navy history.

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A French police officer who was severely wounded on Friday after exchanging himself for a gunman's hostage has died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, according to French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.

Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was one of the first police officers to respond to the attack on a supermarket in southern France, which began after a gunman killed one victim in a carjacking, then killed two others in the grocery store. Sixteen others were also wounded in the attack.

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President Trump signed a massive spending bill Friday, hours after threatening a veto that would have triggered a government shutdown.

IFC Films

Right off the bat, Scottish director Armando Ianucci’s The Death of Stalin scrambles the brain. The film opens at a concert in Moscow, and all the Russians on screen speak in either American or British accents. In most English language movies, characters who don’t speak English speak in the accents of their place. It’s silly, but we’re used to the evil Romans or Nazis sounding like upper class Britishers. The surprise here is a good one here, though, because the film is about dislocation and disorientation.

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This week on KUNC's Colorado Edition, native fish populations in many of Colorado’s rivers are declining -- and the city of Fort Collins has taken note. They’re intervening with what they call "fish ladders" that are meant to give life in the Poudre River a step up. 

On Saturday, thousands of youth activists are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," — in Washington, D.C.; in Accra, Ghana, Israel, Chile and elsewhere around the world.



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