1:16pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Health Insurance

Colorado Health Insurance Rates Will See Slight Jump In 2015

Ano Lobb Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado's new health insurance rates and plans for 2015 are out. While overall premiums will increase slightly on average, some regions could see rates go down.

The statewide average increase for premiums is 1.2 percent. That breaks down to an average increase of 0.7 percent for individual plans, and 2.4 percent for the small group market.

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5:00am

Tue September 23, 2014
Politics

In Colorado's Tight Senate Contest, A Race To Court Women Voters

Kathy Holderith making calls at a GOP field office in Lakewood, Colo. Jefferson County is considered a key swing area in the close U.S. Senate race.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is a considered by many to be a tossup. Incumbent Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner are trying to win over as many key voting blocs as they can before Election Day – and that includes women.

In the previous close Senate contest between appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck, women played a critical role. During the waning days of that 2010 race, Bennet focused his attention on the female vote – and narrowly won. With women making up 51.4 percent of all registered voters in Colorado this election, it's a scenario Democrats are hoping to repeat.

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5:00am

Tue September 23, 2014
Tossed Out

Technology, Infrastructure Cut Down On Farm Food Waste

At Grinnell Heritage Farm in Grinnell, Iowa, this 15-bushel crate collects all the waste from the packing shed that will get composted. Most of it is rotten or damaged.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

On a wet, grey day in Grinnell, Iowa, the rain beats a rhythm on the metal roof of a packing shed at Grinnell Heritage Farm. Crew member Whitney Brewer picks big bunches of kale out of a washing tank, lets them drip on a drying table and then packs them into cardboard boxes.

Like most farms in the United States, this one uses ample labor, harvesting tools and technology, and readily available refrigeration to ensure that most of its produce makes it to market. Most food that can’t be sold is eaten by the crew or donated to area food banks that can distribute it to people who need it.

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5:00am

Mon September 22, 2014
Transportation

Fort Collins Get Ready: Yearlong Mulberry Detour Starts Tuesday

The current Mulberry Bridge was built in 1949 and is considered structurally deficient.
Credit City of Fort Collins

An 18-month construction project to replace the Highway 14 bridge over the Poudre River in Fort Collins may cause traffic headaches. The detour will begin Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

Work has already begun to replace the bridge, also known as the Mulberry Bridge in Fort Collins, but the yearlong traffic detour it will require has many motorists worried.

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5:00am

Mon September 22, 2014
Business

TurfToes, A Startup With CSU Accelerator Support, Wants You To Walk On Grass

Tanner Eley, left, and Braxton Norwood show off their product, TurfToes.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Braxton Norwood wants you to enjoy the feeling of grass between your toes – all day long. Norwood, a Colorado State University student and budding entrepreneur, has launched a company called TurfToes.

The company's name describes its product. They create sandals with bottoms made from artificial turf. If that sounds…scratchy, Norwood, who spent a summer working for an artificial turf company, and is somewhat obsessed with fake grass, offers a spirited pitch.

"It's crazy how much it looks and even feels like actual grass," said the clean-cut senior, whose smile conveys confident enthusiasm. "Most sandals after you wear them for a while, wear out. We like to think of our sandals as wearing in. They get better over time," he said.

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5:00am

Mon September 22, 2014
Tossed Out

Food Waste Weighing Down U.S. Food System

About 35 million tons of food was dumped in landfills across the U.S. in 2012, compared to 29 million tons of plastic and 24 million tons of paper.
Credit Pat Aylward / NET News

It’s a hot summer day outside of Lincoln, Nebraska and Jack Chappelle is knee-deep in trash. He’s wading in to rotting vegetables, half-eaten burgers and tater tots. Lots of tater tots.

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3:05pm

Sat September 20, 2014
Arts & Life

Alpenglow Music Festival: Inspired By Nature

Frisco, Colorado
Nathan Heffel KUNC

With fall colors across Summit County providing visual beauty, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Summit County brought aural beauty to Colorado’s High Country.

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8:00am

Sat September 20, 2014
Beer

Another Reason Denver's Best In The AFC West: Beer Prices

Fans at Denver's Mile High Stadium can celebrate the Broncos status along with cheaper beer.
Credit Julio Enriquez / Flickr - Creative Commons

While beer and football may go hand-in-hand, its impact on your wallet varies greatly. Fans can expect to pay less than $6 for a pint of beer at one stadium while forking over more than $11 at another. Fortunately for Denver Broncos fans, the price for beer here is the lowest among its AFC West Division rivals and below average nationwide.

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10:38am

Fri September 19, 2014
Community

Want A Hotel Room For Pedal The Plains? You’re Not Alone

Grace Hood

An estimated 1,300 people will flood into the northeastern plains towns of Wiggins, Fort Morgan and Sterling for the Third Annual Pedal The Plains cycling event. Cyclists are expected to spend Friday night in Fort Morgan and Saturday in Sterling.

There's one logistical hurdle though: Hotel rooms are tight.

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4:30am

Fri September 19, 2014
Movies

Three Things I Learned At The Telluride And Toronto Film Fests

A still from 'Atlantic.'
STEPHANIE KULBACH

Film festivals add up to more than a list of movies. If it works right, you find yourself in a critical mass of film, conversation, and the sheer intensity of doing nothing else for a few days. Here’s some of what came through at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals.

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