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Jenny Lee is frustrated.

Due to a change in her parents' employment status, the rising senior at the University of Northern Colorado had her Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) flagged. Her FAFSA application was selected for an audit - or verification, as it's called in higher education.

"At first it wasn't bad, I thought, 'Sure, I'll get it done. No big problem,'" said Lee. "But as I've been stuck in this for months now, it's been frustrating and I'm just like, 'Will I get financial aid?' Because this is like one last little barrier at this point."

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A quiet, rising tension over water in the southwest has burst into the public square.

Agencies that manage and dole out the Colorado River’s water in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico are attempting to publicly shame an increasingly isolated water agency in Arizona. The feud has the potential to either upset, or reignite, negotiations over the river’s future.

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If you find yourself loving the idea of spring cleaning, but loathe starting it, it’s not just in your head.

Procrastinating any big undertaking, like the annual spring cleanup, is the brain’s way of protecting itself. That’s according to Dr. Randall O’Reilly, psychology and neuroscience professor at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He said the brain is wired to track progress. Once you start a project, it takes over.

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The news that Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to develop political ads has reignited a national discussion about expectations of privacy online. A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder turns the focus to another social media giant: Twitter. The study found that 62 percent of Twitter users were unaware their tweets are freely available to researchers.

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This winter in the southern Rocky Mountains is shaping up to be one for the record books. And not in a good way.

Parts of the West are currently experiencing one of the driest and warmest winters on record. Snowpack is far below normal levels in southern Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and California, leaving some to worry about this year’s water supply.

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Update 10-23-17: The Colorado Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Deep Green Resistance on behalf of the Colorado River ecosystem. The story has been updated to reflect this development.

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A few months ago Denver civil rights lawyer Jason Flores-Williams had an idea. He’s made a name for himself recently in a class action lawsuit against the city of Denver where he’s representing the city’s homeless people.

“A lot of times I meet with class members, I take them out to dinner because they’re starving,” he said.

While at a Denver Mexican restaurant, the group started talking about homelessness. One of his homeless clients piped up.

“In an off the cuff, offhand comment [he] said, ‘the only thing more homeless than the homeless is nature,’” Flores-Williams recalled.

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As excitement over the Aug. 21 solar eclipse mounts, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder think back to the how another eclipse may have been memorialized -- 1,000 years ago.

In New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, a petroglyph -- or rock carving -- by the early Pueblo people is believed to be their depiction of a total solar eclipse from the year 1097, said CU Boulder professor emeritus J. McKim “Kim” Malville. A solar physicist, Malville also researches archeoastronomy, which looks at how people in the past regarded events in the sky.

The carving, which was discovered in 1992 during a Chaco Canyon field school led by Malville and then-Fort Lewis College professor James Judge, features a circle with curvy lines protruding from it.

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If you’re in Boulder and buying soda for the Fourth of July, it could cost considerably more than just a few days ago. The city’s tax on beverages with added sugar -- like soda, sports drinks, energy drinks and sweetened teas and coffees -- went into effect July 1.

Because it’s the highest of its kind in the country, all eyes are on Boulder to see how it works.

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You can tell a lot about someone just by looking into their eyes, according to a new study out of the University of Colorado - Boulder. That’s by design.

Eye and facial expressions are actually a survival tool, as they occur faster than people can communicate verbally, said CU-Boulder researcher and lead author Daniel Lee.

“We know that our eyes are extremely important for social signaling, but to understand why that is you have to go back to Darwin’s theories,” Lee said. “Our research suggests these expressions evolved for functional reasons first — to help the expresser gather more information and enhance his or her chances for survival — and were later co-opted as communication tools.”

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University of Colorado students are hearing a new phrase on campus: Don’t ignore it. That’s the slogan for a new campaign drawing attention to resources for those who experience — or witness — sexual assault.

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