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10:01pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Spotlight on Country

Jeff Bridges: An On-Screen Country Singer Enters The Studio

Jeff Bridges' self-titled studio album comes out Aug. 16.
Dustin Cohen Courtesy of the artist

In the 2009 film Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges played a country singer named Bad Blake. The character was fictional, but Bridges' passion for country music is real. Now he has recorded an album with some of the people who helped him portray a musician on-screen. His studio album, Jeff Bridges, comes out Aug. 16 on Blue Note Records.

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8:00pm

Thu August 11, 2011
StoryCorps

In Meeting His Dad, A Son Finds 'Another Part Of Me'

George Robinson and his daughter, Katie, at a recent visit to StoryCorps in Edina, Minn.
StoryCorps

George Robinson's parents never married, and he didn't know his biological father. Growing up, Robinson always wondered what his dad was like. It took Robinson more than 40 years to find him, eventually tracking him down on the Internet, and it turns out his father never knew he had a son.

Robinson recently told his 19-year-old daughter, Katie, about finally meeting his father.

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1:45pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Foreclosures

Colorado Foreclosures Continue Downward Trend

CO Division of Housing

New data from the Colorado Division of Housing shows foreclosure filings and sales at auction dropped significantly in the first half of the year.

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12:31pm

Thu August 11, 2011
Environment

Cities Make Progress on 2020 Emissions Reduction Goal

Creative Commons

Colorado cities are making progress toward a 2007 carbon emissions goal set by former Governor Bill Ritter.

The so-called Colorado Climate Action Plan aims to reduce the state’s footprint 20 percent by the year 2020. Fort Collins is reporting an 11 percent drop between 2005 and 2010.

“You could look at our progress and say we’re over halfway there, only nine [percent] more to meet the goal,” said Lucinda Smith with the city’s Environmental Services Division. “But we’re likely to have continued growth so it will take continued focus and work to make progress on this.”

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5:29am

Thu August 11, 2011
Business

Downtown Ft. Collins Hotel Project on Hold

A hotel and conference center apparently won’t be built in downtown Fort Collins -- at least not with city support -- anytime soon. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about what this may mean for the city’s economic development efforts.

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