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Site for the proposed Glade reservoir north of Fort Collins. The storage lake would be approximately the size of Horsetooth Reservoir.

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll get the latest on the Northern Integrated Supply Project. We’ll also learn about efforts to decide who would get priority for receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, look at how the Affordable Care Act is impacting Senate races, and hear about the challenges — and opportunities — of growing hemp.

The Affordable Care Act And The 2020 Election

With the 2020 election fast approaching, we take a look at one of the issues that’s been central to the national discussion: the Affordable Care Act,

The act, also know as the ACA or Obamacare, was signed into law back in 2010, and now is shaping some key political races — including the Senate race right here in Colorado between Republican incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner, and former governor John Hickenlooper.

Markian Hawryluk, senior Colorado correspondent for Kaiser Health News, reported on this, and joined us with more.

Northern Integrated Supply Project Up For Vote

A key vote is set to take place this week on a water supply project more than 15 years in the making. Larimer County commissioners are taking a closer look at the Northern Integrated Supply Project. It promises to give Front Range communities water to build new homes and businesses — without buying it from farmers. But as KUNC’s Luke Runyon reports, the project has also stirred up a familiar debate over growth, and whether water should be a limiting factor.

Who Should Get Priority For A COVID-19 Vaccine?

If a COVID-19 vaccine gets created and released to the public, chances are there won’t be enough for every person around our state, country and the world to get one, at least not at first.

So who should get them first? And how will that be decided?

Those questions are the subject of John Ingold’s latest reporting for The Colorado Sun. He joined us with more on this scenario, and its various pitfalls.

The Challenges Of Growing Hemp

Gov. Jared Polis recently signed a bill aligning Colorado with national hemp regulations. After 80 years of prohibition, this new commodity crop is giving anyone who wants to jump in a taste of what it’s like to chase after the true American dream. But it’s not without its share of challenges. In the first of a four-part series on the state’s hemp industry, KUNC’s Sere Williams reports.

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Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Waterbourne" by Algea Fields
  • “Only Lonesome” by Calumet

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

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