Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed four new members to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The move is winning initial praise from industry representatives, but some environmentalists are left wondering whether his choices will keep the commission balanced.
Ashton Shepherd, whose new album is called <em>Where Country Grows</em>.
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In these days of downright citified, even glamorous, country music singers, Ashton Shepherd lives the life other country stars just sing about. Her new album, Where Country Grows, is her second, but Shepherd hasn't moved to a big spread outside Nashville. She still lives in Coffeeville, Ala. She sells vegetables out of the back of her pickup truck when she's not on tour.
House Republicans huddle behind closed doors seeking votes for Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill, while Senate Democrats move ahead on their own plan, which faces lumbering procedural hurdles. The irony, says President Obama, is that "the two parties are not miles apart." He adds that "the time for putting party first is over."