5:45am

Mon July 28, 2014
Agriculture

Midwest Becomes A Cattle Paradise As Drought Stretches Beef Map

Cattle come to Van Housen Feed Yard to be fattened up before heading to one of the nearby meat packing plants. Drought in beef states like Texas and Oklahoma has led to growth feedlots in Nebraska.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds from California to Colorado and from Texas to Nebraska seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Health

Emerging Virus Chikungunya Under Scrutiny By Fort Collins CDC Lab

A CDC scientist examines mosquitoes using a stereoscopic microscope to identify the species while working in a BSL-3 lab in Fort Collins, Colorado
Centers for Disease Control Division of Vector Borne Diseases

While most Americans probably haven't heard of Chikungunya, Ann Powers, a research microbiologist at the Centers for Disease Control, has been studying the virus for 15 years.

The mosquito-carried virus made the news recently when the first locally-transmitted case of it appeared in Florida, July 17. Now, the public and medical researchers are wondering if it may spread further into the United States, and how serious it might be.

The research that Powers does at the CDC's Division of Vector Borne Diseases in Fort Collins may help answer some of those questions.

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10:08am

Sat July 26, 2014
Jobs

Moderate Economic Growth Predicted For Second Half of 2014

An incline in job growth in Colorado is expected over the next four to six months.
Credit Ben Simo / Flickr - Creative Commons

Based on the number of new business filings in Colorado for the second quarter of 2014, employment numbers are expected to moderately grow through the remainder of the year. The positive forecast isn’t just based on new companies starting up here, but on year-over-year improvements in existing business renewals, trademarks and trade names that indicate more jobs are on the way.

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9:00am

Sat July 26, 2014
marc on the blues

Rory Block: Perhaps Today's Most Important Delta Blues Artist

"Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide."

-The Blues Foundation

Princeton, New Jersey, born and Manhattan raised, Rory Block grew up surrounded by the Greenwich Village folk scene, but it is the Delta Blues that she has made her own. She truly knows the genre.

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6:54am

Sat July 26, 2014
The Garden Report

The Buzz Of Late Summer Is Here

There are 28 species of Cicada native to Northern Colorado.
Credit Leslie / Flickr - Creative Commons

From birds chirping to the wind blowing through the trees, summer is a great time to kick back and listen to nature. The hot days of late summer also reveal a unique electric buzzing sound.

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11:14am

Fri July 25, 2014
Environment

Study: Powerful Insecticides Found Widespread In Midwest Waters

A new study found a class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in Midwest waterways.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Powerful chemicals used by many farmers to ward off insects are making their way into Midwest rivers and streams, according to a study by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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8:30am

Fri July 25, 2014
Movies

Formula Weighs The Latest Visit To The 'Planet Of The Apes'

Caesar, as played by Andy Serkis, in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.'
Twentieth Century Fox

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the latest incarnation of a movie franchise that’s been going for 46 years. Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t improved – people and apes are still going at it.

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7:36am

Fri July 25, 2014
Politics

Personhood's Third Attempt Seeps Into Colorado's Close Senate Race

Opponents of Amendment 67 hold a rally at the state capitol in Denver. The amendment would give unborn babies the same constitutional and legal rights as a person.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Colorado voters will once again decide on an amendment that would give unborn babies the same constitutional and legal rights as a person. The measure is bringing out some familiar faces – it’s also impacting one of the closest U.S. Senate races in the country.

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6:03am

Fri July 25, 2014
Energy & Water

Oil And Gas Companies Look To Deep Aquifers For Water

Hydraulic fracturing trucks at a well site in Northern Colorado. The process involves pumping water, along with a mix of sand and proprietary chemicals, into a drilled well to aid in the extraction of the resources.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use.

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1:52pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Energy

Colorado Court Invalidates Longmont Fracking Ban

A maze of pipes used for hydraulically fracturing wells, on a well pad near the city of Longmont.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge has ruled that the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing is invalid.

The city had been sued by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the state of Colorado's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission after it passed a measure banning the practice within city limits in November 2012

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