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Matt Bloom / KUNC

Senate Bill 181 Triggered A Wave Of Oil And Gas Moratoriums. Here's What That Means

Tensions between oil and gas companies and communities along the Front Range are heating up again. So far this year, at least eight cities and counties have temporarily stopped processing new drilling permits in the wake of a new state law. The latest is Boulder County, where commissioners will hear public testimony on Tuesday on a new nine-month moratorium.

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Unlike many men I know, I am not a compulsive clicker-type person when watching television.

However, this fall, on autumn Mondays, I haven't been able to help myself: I keep switching back between two shows, Monday Night Football and Dancing With the Stars –– or MNF and DWTS, as we aficionados know them.

Surely this is the alpha and omega, the ying and yang, the dark and light, the heaven and hell of programming.

The United Nations announced Tuesday that less than 4 percent of the estimated $168 million needed to combat the cholera outbreak in Haiti has been pledged.

Meanwhile, the official death toll continues to rise. Haitian officials say cholera has killed more than 1,300 people and more help is needed.

Cholera has now been detected in eight of Haiti's 10 provinces, and the Haitian Health Ministry has confirmed almost 57,000 cases since the outbreak began last month.

The good news is that Federal Reserve policymakers think the economy will keep growing through next year and into 2012.

The bad news is that they've lowered their growth forecasts for 2011 and think the nation's jobless rate will stay uncomfortably high.

As the Associated Press says, the central bankers are "more pessimistic."

Somebody paid a little more than $200,000 today for a computer that's basically "a very fancy calculator," Gizmodo reporter Brian Barrett told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly earlier today.

While in Clarksville interviewing Vergil and Mark Richardson for my story about how the two brothers were falsely accused in a Texas drug case, I asked them to take me on a tour of their small town.

One of the stops was the high school gym where Vergil had been a star basketball player, leading Clarksville High School to the state championship game twice. We drove to the street behind the school, where the back of the gym faced a row of modest homes.

A legal drama has been playing out for almost three years in the Texas town of Clarksville of Red River County.

During that time, two black brothers have seen their lives turned upside down, and a white judge was recused from the case after allegations of judicial bias and criticism for pushing a drug case that just about everyone urged him to drop.

Clarksville, Texas

The Minnesota state Canvassing Board has agreed to start a hand recount of all 2.1 million votes cast in the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer.  Dayton, a Democrat and former U.S. senator, leads Emmer (R) by 8,770 votes, a margin of less than one-half of one percent ... which automatically triggers a recount.

The recount begins Monday in all 87 counties and must be finished by Dec. 7.  According to this plan, a winner would then be declared on Dec. 14.

Scientists are beginning to understand how the human brain accomplishes a remarkable trick known as the cocktail party effect. It's what allows us to pick out the words from just one speaker even when we're in a room full of other voices that are just as loud.

For decades, scientists have puzzled over how our brain is able to focus on certain sounds while filtering out others. Now they say they're finding clues, thanks to new research on birds and bats.

How green is green enough? For nearly two decades, that question has divided residents of a tiny island in the Florida Keys.

There are just 43 houses on No Name Key, and nearly every one is powered mostly by solar energy.

Sea gulls and pelicans gather near the short bridge that separates this island from more developed areas in the Keys. Turquoise blue water is on all sides. Just about everyone has a dock with a boat. Mangroves and palms provide cover for the miniature-sized Key deer that range freely through the neighborhoods.

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