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Nationwide, colleges have been working to make campuses more welcoming to all kinds of students. Many of Colorado’s major universities are no exception. One way to do this is the creation of a bias response team -- a group meant to address potentially discriminatory speech or actions. But according to a new report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education -- also known as FIRE -- these teams may sometimes stifle free speech.

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Colorado is currently the seventh fastest growing state in the nation. Experts expect the bullseye of future growth to be the northern Front Range.

“We’re forecasting the state to increase between 2010 and 2040 by about 2.8 million people — about 500,000 in the north Front Range, in Larimer and Weld counties,” said state demographer Elizabeth Garner.

It all has to do with jobs -- sort of. Data show that in the past 10 years many people are moving from the Western Slope to the northern Front Range looking for work, while high-paying tech industry jobs has brought workers in from other states. It’s the marriage of these two counties and what they have to offer commuters that makes them so economically diverse.

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In 2015, a storage facility near Los Angeles experienced a blowout. More than 10,000 tons of natural gas was released. . For responders, that created a problem. Natural gas is invisible and tracking just when the gas was dissipating and where it was going proved to be a challenge. The incident inspired a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder to make that process easier.

Enlighten Yourself On The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Jan 18, 2017
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The last time a total solar eclipse was visible to most of the continental U.S., Richard Nixon was president and the Beatles had just released ‘Let It Be’ in the U.K. The 2017 total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 follows a long tradition of captivating people’s imaginations that’s been going on for thousands of years.

Oral and written histories tell us of fear and trepidation at the sight of a comet or meteor, while other cultures celebrated the same sight with dancing and feasts. But the disappearance of the sun or the moon -- an eclipse -- was an exceptional event.

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A doctor handed Melissa Morris her first opioid prescription when she was 20 years-old. She had a cesarean section to deliver her daughter, and to relieve post-surgical pain her doctor sent her home with Percocet. On an empty stomach, she took one pill and laid down on her bed.

“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh my god. Is this legal? How can this feel so good?’” Morris recalls.

She was hooked. From there she started taking the pills recreationally, shopping around for doctors who would write new prescriptions, frequenting urgent care clinics where doctors didn’t ask a lot of questions and were loose with their prescription pad.

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It’s safe to say that 2016 has taken a toll on pop culture. It began in January with the loss of singer David Bowie to cancer, and ended this week – hopefully -- with the deaths of ‘Star Wars’ actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

Now a persistent theme has cropped up on social media - the call to dump this ‘dumpster fire’ of a year that has claimed some of our most beloved icons. University of Colorado Associate Professor of Media Studies Rick Stevens spoke with KUNC about why so many of us are taking these losses personally.

“David Bowie is a huge loss for people who love music or who grew up listening to certain messages within that music,” Stevens said. “That kind of loss affects people very personally.”

University of Colorado, Boulder Leeds School of Business

Richard Wobbekind has seen decades of change in Colorado, from huge population booms to agricultural busts. As lead economist on the annual Leeds School of Business economic forecast, he and his team pour over data and statistical models to try and suss out how the state’s economy may change in the New Year.

The comprehensive report covers everything from housing costs to molybdenum mining (Colorado is the top producer in the country), but here is what you need to know for 2017.

Buffs Playing In Biggest Game In 10 Years

Dec 2, 2016
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The University of Colorado Buffaloes are poised to play their most important game in more than a decade -- and a win could put them on the path to one of the most important games in the team’s history.  Now, after years of blowouts, coaching changes and rebuilding, the football team plays in the Pac-12 Championship game on December 2. 

The last time things were so good for CU was decades ago.The team won a national championship in 1990, followed by a decade of successful seasons and bowl appearances.

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Predicting the weather for Colorado is a challenge - but doing it for entire seasons is even harder. According to University of Colorado, Boulder climatologist Klaus Wolter, we are “flirting” with a La Niña.

Scientists use a buoy system in the tropical Pacific Ocean, right around the equator, to relay various real-time weather data, including water temperature. When the ocean is cooler than normal, it’s known as a La Niña.

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If it hadn’t been for the printing of one book, you may have lived in a world without William Shakespeare. The 1623 First Folio, which includes iconic plays like Macbeth and The Tempest, could have been lost to the ages.

This irreplaceable piece of history is touring around the country, including a stop in Boulder, and just a few people are in charge of keeping the 400 year old book safe.

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