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Mon April 20, 2015

Activists Applaud Leprino’s New Animal Treatment Policies

A new set of animal treatment policies from Leprino require farmers who sell to the company to submit to on-farm inspections and stop cattle tail docking, a controversial sanitary practice.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Los Angeles-based animal rights group Mercy For Animals is heaping praise on Denver-based Leprino Foods for its updated animal treatment policies. As the world’s largest maker of mozzarella cheese, the company supplies some of the country’s largest restaurant chains, like Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s.

The changes will affect a large number of Colorado dairy farmers, many of whom send milk to Leprino factories in Greeley and Fort Morgan, selling through the dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America.

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Mon April 20, 2015

10 More Numbers About Colorado Pot That Aren't 420

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Most Coloradans probably know that 4-20 – April 20 – has become the day for celebrating marijuana. Although the origin is still debated, 420 is probably the most popular numeric reference to pot. Here's 10 more numbers about cannabis in Colorado.

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Mon April 20, 2015

Emerging Muslim, Latino Buying Power Seen As Savior Of American Lamb

Each week the Centennial Livestock Auction in Fort Collins, Colorado sells sheep and goats to the highest bidder. Many of the animals end up in the meat departments of the Front Range's international and ethnic grocery stores.
Luke Runyon KUNC, Harvest Public Media

Once a regular dining option, a mix of cultural and economic factors pushed lamb off the American dinner table. To put the meat back on the menu, ranchers and retailers are being encouraged to reach out to a more diverse set of consumers, specifically American Muslims and Latinos.

Colorado is one of the top states in the country for lamb production and those sheep ranchers, feedlot owners, and processors are banking on America becoming a more diverse place. Without more Muslim and Latino communities embracing local lamb, the industry fears this niche meat could slip even further off the dinner plate, or be completely usurped by foreign producers like Australia or New Zealand.

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Sun April 19, 2015

'This Is Going To Be Too Hard': Keeping Kids From Using Pot

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

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Sat April 18, 2015

Formerly Homeless Vet And His Dad Remember His Darkest Moments

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 8:59 am

Scott Skiles, 61, and his son Zach Skiles, 32, had never sat down to talk about Zach's life after his deployment to Iraq --until their recent StoryCorps interview.

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before Marine Cpl. Zach Skiles left for Iraq in 2003, he shared a quiet moment with his father, Scott Skiles.

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