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Monday is Colorado Day—the anniversary of the day Colorado was admitted to the United States. In celebration, TheDenverChannel.com has published some facts about the Colorado state flag.

The flag as it appears today was adopted in 1911 by an act of the state’s General Assembly.

John Hanna / AP photo

A political action committee called Main Street Kansas has been making questionable claims about moderate Kansas Republican candidates. It has now been discovered, as the Lawrence Journal-World reports, that the group’s radio ads are being funded by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. The funding might possibly constitute a violation of Kansas ethics law, says the Journal-World.

Carolyn Kaster / AP photo

Back in 1993, when Bill Clinton took office, the Oklahoma congressional delegation looked a lot different than it does today. The state’s roster of national office holders consisted of five Democrats and only three Republicans. What a difference a few years makes. By the time Clinton left the White House, there were no Democrats left in the delegation, reports News OK.

MPR

The risk of HIV outbreaks in rural and suburban communities has increased in recent years. The rise can be attributed to the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the US, reports EMPR.com. When rural residents are forced to share syringes, transmission of HIV increases rapidly.

Andrea Morales / New York Times

Oil workers in Texas can breathe a bit easier this month. Some oil and gas industry experts have predicted that the market has, finally, bottomed out. And now it appears maybe those predictions are coming true.

Energy producers across Texas cut 900 jobs last month. That’s not great news by any means, but it’s much better than the seven to 8,000 jobs the industry eliminated in January and February, reports Fuel Fix.

Pew Research Center / The Wall Street Journal

In 1992 the Democratic Party nominated a Southern-drawling man from Hope, Arkansas, as it’s choice to become president. Almost a quarter century later, the party that will choose that man’s wife as its nominee is a different animal than it used to be. As Peter Nicholas reports for the Wall Street Journal, the Democratic Party of today is more liberal, better educated, less willing to compromise, and decidedly less white.

HPPR Seeks: Director of Regional Content

Jul 28, 2016

High Plains Public Radio is seeking a Director of Regional Content. This full-time position is responsible for providing a daily stream of content on topics of interest and concern to the High Plains region through broadcast, digital and social media.  This position can work out of our Garden City (preferred) or Amarillo studio.

Kiichiro Sato / AP photo

The State of Texas has given up the fight—for now—on trying to prevent undocumented immigrants from obtaining birth certificates for their children born legally in the States.

Rural Blog

It’s no secret wastewater injection wells linked to fracking have led to a staggering rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma and Kansas. But now, notes The Rural Blog, oil and gas companies appear to have discovered a method to reduce man-made seismic activity.

Peter Thody / roadtripamerica.com

Most travelers passing through Groom, Texas, are distracted by the almost-200-foot-high cross that towers over the little town. But the lucky few who happen to glance north of the interstate are met with a surprise. In Groom you’ll find what Slate’s Atlas Obscura blog calls “The Leaning Tower of Texas.”

This small town just east of Amarillo on old Route 66 contains a water tower that looks to be the victim of an earthquake. The structure leans at a crazy angle, two of its legs dangling off the ground.

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