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2:28pm

Tue January 24, 2012
Business

Colorado at the "Bulls Eye" for Solar Thermal Power

Solar groups unveiled their road map at an event in Denver Tuesday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado’s solar energy industry has released an ambitious roadmap to boost solar thermal power development across the state.  Its release Tuesday comes ahead of President Obama’s planned visit to Aurora later this week where he’ll speak about the West’s new energy economy.

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6:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
Politics

Shaffer Running in the 4th, Mulls Bid in 6th CD

Colorado Statesman

Colorado’s congressional races are gearing up but things may end before they really get started for the Democratic candidate running in the 4th Congressional District. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke to Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff about Senate President Brandon Shaffer about the likelihood of him switching districts.

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5:10am

Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Disney Alters Facial Hair Policy At U.S. Theme Parks

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 8:00 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. At Disneyland and Disney World, everyone working there has a clean-cut image. It goes back to the 1950s, when Disneyland first opened and facial hair was banned. Even though Uncle Walt Disney had one, moustaches weren't even allowed until 2000. But starting next month, employees will finally be allowed to have beards, as long as they're kept short and trim, unless maybe you're one of the seven dwarves. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:01am

Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Competitive Eater Creates Twinkie-Eating Record

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi is best known for eating hot dogs. He once ate 69 in 10 minutes. Now he's on to a different food. TV host Wendy Williams invited Kobayashi on her show to set the Guiness record for most Twinkies consumed in a minute. There was no previous record for Twinkie eating.

2:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Mass. Senate Race To Block Third-Party Political Ads

The two dominant candidates for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts say they want to keep superPAC ads out of the state. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren have signed a pledge requiring that each candidate donate half the cost of any outside ad to charity, if that ad either supports their candidacy or attacks their opponent.

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