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5:17am

Tue December 13, 2011
Education

State Grapples with Court's Education Decision

Colorado’s attorney general and the Governor are deciding whether to appeal a trial court decision that says state funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. And while education advocates praise the decision calling it a wakeup call, as Bente Birkeland reports, many are also wondering what’s next and how the state can fix the problem.

4:18am

Tue December 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Insecticide Destroys 2,300 Beehives In Florida

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 1:26 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In Florida, there's a different type of honey mystery. State and local authorities are investigating the loss of more than 2,300 beehives in Brevard County. There is a break in the case. Officials have identified an insecticide commonly used to kill roaches, ticks and fleas. It was found in a container used to feed the bees in the hives. The beekeeper says the loss has cost him more than half a million dollars. Now officials need to find the culprit who fed the bees the poison. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:00am

Tue December 13, 2011
Environment

Spread of Fracking Leads to Fears of Water Shortages in Colorado

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This morning, Colorado regulators are expected to finalize new rules that will require oil and gas companies to make public the chemicals they use to hydraulically fracture wells.  Much of the attention lately has been whether those “fracking” fluids that are mixed with sand and chemicals pose a risk to polluting ground water.  But in Colorado there’s been far less scrutiny on just how much water the fracking process itself requires, until now.

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2:00am

Tue December 13, 2011
Africa

Contested Congo Election Fuels Fears Of Violence

A disputed election in the Democratic Republic of Congo has returned sitting President Joseph Kabila to power for the next five years. The opposition claims there was election fraud. Congo's influential Catholic church has voiced reservations about the conduct of the elections.

2:00am

Tue December 13, 2011
Asia

After Boom, China's Property Market Heads Lower

In recent years, China's real estate market has boomed. A three-bedroom apartment in Shanghai overlooking the river would cost more than $3 million. But that's beginning to change. The slide comes as the world's most dynamic economy grapples with other challenges, including massive local government debt and slowing growth.

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