Kyra Buckley

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Kyra Buckley started at KUNC as Morning Edition Host and reporter in March of 2017. Before KUNC, Kyra was a Weekend Edition Host and reporter at KLCC public radio in Eugene, Oregon. She also worked as producer for the UNESCO Crossings Institute’s radio hour, an internationally focused program about intercultural dialogue and conflict sensitive reporting.

Kyra was born and raised in Eugene, and she holds BAs in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Oregon. In addition to writing and reporting, Kyra enjoys teaching Jazzercise and studying Arabic language and culture.

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The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has been in decline for years-- but it’s dramatically decreased in Colorado. That’s mostly due to the availability of long acting and reversible birth control options, says a new report.

Colorado received a private donation from the Susan Buffet Foundation in 2008 to provide IUDs and birth control implants to women at low or no cost. Since then, the state’s teen birth and abortion rates have dropped by 50 percent.

Human trafficking impacts all people -- but it’s more common in Colorado than many other states. The 93 cases reported in 2015, of which more than two-thirds involved women, make Colorado one of the states with the highest prevalence of human trafficking. Of the cases that were prosecuted, 30 ended with charges of sexual servitude or trafficking.

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Anyone who needs a tampon or pad while on the Colorado State University campus will no longer have to wrestle with aging coin operated dispensers. A campaign, called “You Matter… Period,” has made free period products available in 33 bathrooms at CSU since it began in July.

“It’s ridiculous to think someone will have a quarter the exact moment their period hits,” says graduate coordinator Kristin Stephens, who’s been a part of the program since its beginning.

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Federal regulations require that emergency contraception -- such as the brand Plan B -- be available over the counter. But in Colorado, women may still experience barriers when obtaining it. A team of researchers found the drug was fully accessible at less than a quarter of the pharmacies surveyed in the state.

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For the first time the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs has released veteran suicide statistics by state. It shows Colorado’s rate at 47.1 per 100,000 people, while the national rate is 38. Overall, suicide rates are highest in Western states.

The data shows in 2014 in Colorado 178 veterans committed suicide. Almost all were men and more than 65 percent used a gun.

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UPDATE: 21-year-old Anarely Marquez will accompany Democratic Colorado congressman Jared Polis to the 2018 State of the Union Address. Marquez is a Colorado State University student and DACA recipient. KUNC's Kyra Buckley spoke to her in September after the Trump administration announced it would end the DACA program. Read more on their conversation below. 

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As Coloradans prepare to give to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, officials are warning of fake charities and other donation scams.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says to research before you give.

“It is important to take a few quick steps to ensure that these needed donations are really going to victims or to organizations providing victim and community support,” Coffman said in a statement.

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Building a visitor center at a wildlife refuge doesn’t sound controversial. But when that refuge is on the site of the security buffer zone of a former nuclear weapons facility, it gets complicated quickly. Unless a federal court intervenes, a visitor center will open at the Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge in Golden in the summer of 2018.

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Payday loans cost Coloradans more than $50 million in fees in 2015, according to a new report based on data from the attorney general.

And the data also shows that even though changes to payday lending practices in Colorado lowered overall costs for borrowers, people are still stuck in an ongoing cycle of debt.

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One of the most memorable figures from World War I is Gen. John Pershing. Ron Edgerton, a history professor at the University of Northern Colorado, discovered a fascination with Pershing while in the Peace Corps.

“I went out to the Philippines and I was posted to a place that was very remote. And people there talked about this guy, Pershing," Edgerton said. "In fact, Pershing had actually ridden his horse through the village where I was in the Peace Corps; so I learned about him and became interested in him.”

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