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The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Watch the proceedings on the Senate floor live this morning.

Eleina Elachkar (CMPR)

I can’t think of another movie that has put me into such anxiety as Free Solo. Shots straight down to the valley floor from the top of El Capitan are terrifying, and the images of rock climber Alex Honnold holding onto a vertical rock face with just the tips of his fingers and toes erases the very idea of rational thought.

Original illustration: Elkanah Tisdale / Edited by Ashley Jefcoat/KUNC

On this week's Colorado Edition, the Terminator throws his not-insignificant weight behind measures to end partisan gerrymandering in Colorado, and how diversity is creating big city problems for small town communities.

Esther Honig

On a summer evening, police Sgt. Anthony Gagliano patrols the long, open streets of Fort Morgan, Colorado. He’s lived here for the last 16 years, almost as long as he’s been on the force. There’s one thing he knows sets apart this rural city of about 11,000: the diversity.

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The FBI’s probe into allegations of sexual assault directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is finished. But frustration surrounding the investigation is growing.

This past Sunday, two agents spoke to Boulder resident Deborah Ramirez for two hours about an alleged incident of sexual misconduct during their time as students at Yale. She also provided the FBI a list of 20 witnesses.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to announce Thursday that it will recommend reclassifying the ancient and odd-looking razorback sucker from endangered to threatened, meaning it is still at risk of extinction, but the danger is no longer immediate.

The Associated Press was briefed on the plans before the official announcement.

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A zoo in central Ohio says an 18-year-old polar bear will be arriving at the facility this fall to be introduced to twin polar bear sisters for potential breeding.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says it will be welcoming a male polar bear named Lee from the Denver Zoo.

Zoo officials say Lee will need to complete a mandatory quarantine period before being introduced to 11-year-old twin sisters Aurora and Anana.

The zoo says there are only 44 polar bears in North American zoos.

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Colorado's system for regulating marijuana has too many loopholes that disguise illegal activity and jeopardize public safety, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday, detailing his motivation for boosting scrutiny in the first state to broadly allow cannabis sales.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is making $20 million available for states and tribes to voluntarily test drinking water for lead at schools and childcare facilities.

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The buses are packed together so tight, it's difficult to walk between them without getting hurt.

Standing in a Glenwood Springs maintenance facility, Dan Blankenship, CEO and president of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, points to a driver slowly backing into a narrow slot.

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