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Communities in Colorado have been engaged in a political fight with the state to get more local control over oil and gas drilling.

It's a battle many thought was heading to the ballot box this November, until a last minute compromise stopped the initiative in its tracks.

Colorado’s governor John Hickenlooper declared the compromise a victory, but that left some members of the state’s environmental community furious and vowing payback on election day.

Baja Coast Gets Pummeled By Hurricane Odile

Sep 15, 2014

Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.

The area is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

Michael Che, known for his role as reporter on the Daily Show, will join Colin Jost as co-anchor of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” replacing Cecily Strong, who will stay on as a cast member.

Eric Deggans, NPR’s TV critic, joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer and Jeremy Hobson to discuss what the move will bring to the segment.

This week, Orange County, California has been spraying certain neighborhoods for mosquitoes. The city is trying to combat its worst-ever recorded outbreak of West Nile virus.

Orange County has emerged as a particular hot spot for West Nile this year, and the virus is on the rise across California, in both mosquitoes and people.

At least 238 people have been infected so far this year, and nine are known to have died. Two major reasons behind the spike in West Nile in California are unusually warm temperatures, and the drought.


There’s some celestial drama in the forecast for this weekend.

Two solar flares this week have sent a geomagnetic storm hurtling toward Earth.

This kind of giant magnetic pulse can cause problems, although Sky & Telescpe Magazine’s Kelly Beatty tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Sacha Pfeiffer that these magnetic disturbances aren’t expected to cause any problems with satellite communication systems or power grids.

Poet Daniel Johnson has long tackled difficult subjects.

But his recently published poem “In the Absence of Sparrows” took on a much more personal note.

It’s a poem he penned for and about his friend James Foley, who was killed in Syria by Islamic militants, where he was working as a freelance reporter.

“I turned to poetry as a way to speak to him directly,” Johnson told Here & Now’s Robin Young.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS that to the best of his knowledge, no one at the NFL had seen the full video of Ray Rice assaulting his fiancee in an elevator until this week when TMZ posted it online.

Goodell said that the League had only seen one video — that of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee from an elevator.

“We were told that was not something we would have access to,” Goodell said. “On multiple occasions, we asked for it. And on multiple occasions we were told no.”


NFL Youth Safety Program Takes A Hit

Sep 10, 2014

Concussions continue to plague the NFL. There were eight reported concussions in the first week of the NFL season.

The injuries are not just a problem for professional football, but youth football, as well.

As a result, the NFL is trying to teach moms of young players about the risks and how to prevent concussions.

But, critics are calling these efforts white-washing.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Colorado Public Radio’s John Daley reports.

The men’s US Open final will pit two relative unknowns against each other: 14th seeded Marin Cilic and 10th seeded Kei Nishikori.

It’s the first time in nearly a decade that any Grand Slam final has not included Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, who have dominated men’s tennis.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Tom Perrotta, sports correspondent for The Wall Street Journal about the the players and what tennis fans can expect in today’s match.

The Toronto International Film Festival started on September 4th runs through this Sunday. It’s a place where many films start generating Oscar buzz.

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss some of his early favorites including “The Theory of Everything,” “Nightcrawler,” A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” and “The Last Five Years.”

A Community For Holocaust Survivors

Sep 8, 2014

The SelfHelp Home in Chicago was established in 1938 by European Jewish immigrants for those who escaped Nazi Germany.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson spoke to 93-year-old Edith Stern, who survived Auschwitz.

She says she started working at the SelfHelp Home in her 40s because she wanted to help elderly Holocaust Survivors.

“I could never do anything for my own parents — they were killed,” Stern said. “Those people who live in the retirement home could have been my parents.”

What were doing the day before 9/11?

The new National Geographic documentary “9/10: The Final Hours” is compelling, if at times difficult to watch, because even though it’s about the day before the attacks on September 11, 2001, what happened that morning shadows everything the people in the film say.

Move over Brontosaurus. There’s a new — and bigger — dinosaur on the block. Scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University have just named the enormous beast Dreadnougtus shrani. It measured 85 feet long and two and a half stories high, and weighed 65 tons.

The Dreadnoughtus skeleton is the most complete ever found for a dinosaur of its size. The 77-million-year-old bones were unearthed in southern Patagonia during excavations that began in 2005.

The Chinese real estate developer Landsea plans to invest $1 billion in the U.S. housing market, according to the company. “The Chinese housing market is slowing down. In the U.S., it’s coming up,” said John Ho, managing director of Landsea’s U.S. subsidiary, yesterday.

Michael Regan of Bloomberg News spoke to Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson about how the developer will start with three projects — one in California’s Simi Valley, another near San Francisco and a third outside of Manhattan.

In 2012, writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis took a four-month journey with his lab/golden retriever mix Casey, in a rented RV. He visited veterinarians, dog trainers and dog rescuers, in an effort to find out why Americans love dogs so much and pamper them. He even spoke with pet psychics.

Senate Tracker: A Close Race In Alaska

Sep 3, 2014

In Alaska, Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich is facing a challenge from Republican Dan Sullivan, a former state attorney general under then-Governor Sarah Palin.

CVS Stops Selling Tobacco

Sep 3, 2014

Today, CVS Pharmacy plans to stop selling tobacco products at all of its locations nationwide. Experts say the move, which was announced back in February, could prompt other major pharmacy chains to do the same. Jordan Weissmann of Slate joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with details.

Why This Gaza Ceasefire Is Holding

Aug 27, 2014

The latest ceasefire between the militant group Hamas and Israel appears to be holding, allowing thousands of Palestinians to return home and Israelis to send children back to school without worrying about rocket fire.

One of the great dreams of the medical research world is to help paralyzed people who are unable to use their legs, to be able to walk again.

Implanting electrode stimulators into injured spinal cords has shown some promise. Stem cell spinal cord regeneration has been elusive so far. But one Massachusetts tech company is taking a completely different approach.

Snapchat Reportedly Valued At $10 Billion

Aug 27, 2014

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in Snapchat at a valuation of around $10 billion.

Derek Thompson of The Atlantic joins Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer to take a look at why the photo messaging app is valued so high, even though it has very little revenue.

The Volvo XC90 makes it debut today. It’s the first Volvo model to be released by Zheijiang Geely Holding Co., the Chinese company that took over the Swedish brand from Ford in 2010.

The XC90 is the first Volvo in about a decade to be made without Ford Motor parts. As Jason Bellini of the Wall Street Journal tells Here & Now’s Robin Young, Volvo hopes this SUV will be a game-changer for the company, as it pursues the international market.

When British singer-songwriter Kate Bush announced that she would return to the stage after a 35-year absence, her devoted fans immediately began snapping up tickets.

All 77,000 seats for her series of London concerts sold out in 15 minutes, with fans planning to fly in from around the world. Tonight is the first show.

In the latest installment of Senate Tracker, our weekly look at Senate races across the country, Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer turns to Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio for a look at the race there.

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Udall, in a race that is very close and is bringing issues of women’s rights and the president’s health care law into play.

Sound artist Peter Cusack travels the world recording sounds from dangerous places. The places are not particularly dangerous to the short-term visitor, like war zones, but places where there are dangers to the environment, and to the people who live there, such as Chernobyl and the old oil fields of Azerbaijan.

Many studies have shown that the average adolescent doesn’t get enough sleep, and that can cause physical and mental health issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now recommending middle and high schools delay their class start times to 8:30 a.m. or later.

Burger King... Of Canada?

Aug 25, 2014

Burger King, the American fast-food restaurant operator, is looking to buy Canada’s coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons.

Burger King announced yesterday the two companies are in talks to form a deal that it says would help it compete with similar companies.

Skeptics say it would allow Burger King to move its headquarters to Canada, lowering its tax bill. NPR’s Marilyn Geewax talks to Here & Now’s Sacha Pfeiffer about what a deal could mean.

Park City, Utah, is best known for the famous Sundance Film Festival that it hosts every winter, as well as being home to one of the most popular ski resorts in the country: Park City Mountain Resort.

But the future of that mountain, and the 2014-2015 ski season, is now up in the air because of a protracted and very public fight over the rights to the slopes.

The United States has been drawn back into Iraq, and the pull this time is the Kurdish region.

There might be strategic, economic and humanitarian reasons for it, but one Iraqi Kurdish journalist says the media should take some credit for the world turning its attention to a once-ignored people.

Yerevan Saeed of the Irbil-based news outlet Rudaw, joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain why.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke at an annual Fed conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, today and offered no clear sign the Fed would raise interest rates this year.

Yellen’s remarks were highly anticipated, as the economy and labor market improves. But disagreement among Fed officials is growing over fears the U.S. isn’t getting a handle on inflation before it becomes a problem.

Yellen said Friday that while unemployment has gone down, other economic indicators have been harder to evaluate.

The U.S. Army has been an all-volunteer force for more than 40 years because there is no military draft anymore. That means the service has to attract young men and women to sign up.

And according to the Army’s numbers they’re pretty good at it. The Army has met or exceeded its recruiting goals for each of the last nine years.