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Thu July 31, 2014
Weather Nerding

Yes, It's Been A Wet Summer – And It's Likely To Stay That Way

A Colorado state flag droops during two days of heavy rain.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

If you live in Northern Colorado or the Front Range and it feels like this summer has been wetter than normal, it's not your imagination.

Some parts of Weld County, including Greeley, have had twice as much rainfall this July as normal. Since May, much of the county has had about 9 inches of rain, also double what is expected for this period.

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5:00am

Thu July 31, 2014
Arts District

Not The Heroine, She's The Author: Teen Knows YA Market

Author Maya Bode in her "book nook," for writing and reading. It was formerly a closet in her parents basement.
Carrie Saldo

While many kids her age are busy dodging their summer reading assignments, 14-year-old Maya Bode has just wrapped up her second book. Writing her second book, that is.

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7:28am

Wed July 30, 2014
Environment

Denver EPA Hearing Draws A Crowd

Coal supporters opposed to the EPA rules rally in front of the state capitol, July 29, 2014. The EPA hearing was being held nearby in downtown Denver the same day.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Hundreds of people are expected to testify in Denver on proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Denver hearing is one of several the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting across the country on the plans.

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7:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
Energy

Oil Overtakes Ag As North Dakota's Economic Breadwinner

A drill rig outisde of Williston, North Dakota pictured in 2011.
Lindsey Gira Flickr - Creative Commons

Farming and ranching have always been the biggest industries in North Dakota. But now, oil has knocked agriculture from the top spot. Mining – which includes oil – is now worth $8.5 billion dollars in the state. Agriculture is closer to 7 billion.

It’s a milestone for a state that had hardly any oil production 10 years ago, and the change has created some tension.

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5:00am

Wed July 30, 2014
School Lunch

School Districts Ready For New Year With Healthier Snacks

Cheetos advertises its reformulated snack food that meets new USDA health standards, at the School Nutrition Association conference earlier this month.
Michele R. Simon

Clif Bars are gone. There's no more beef jerky, and the chip selection in the Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6's vending machines will look a little different in 2014.

The district, along with schools across Colorado and the nation, is implementing new U.S. Department of Agriculture healthy snack food guidelines that went into effect July 1.

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