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12:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Jazz and Jeans to benefit construction mentoring

The Colorado Construction Institute’s annual "Jazz & Jeans" Silent Auction and Dinner benefits their programs that give disadvantaged youth hands on training in residential construction trades, along with life skills training.  Co-founder of CCI David Hicks joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the pressing need for workers, and for the work.  Founded in 2012, more than 50 students have completed the 14-week pre-apprenticeship training.  Besides exposure to the building trades, "from the ground up," facility with basic fractions is central to the instruction.

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Inside Energy
11:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Amid Boom, Regulators Struggle with Staffing

The newly discovered abundance of domestic oil and gas is creating a shortage of something else… the petroleum engineers who REGULATE drilling activities. They approve  drilling plans and inspect wells after they’re completed to make sure they’re not at risk of contaminating water or blowing out… but as Wyoming Public Radio’s Stephanie Joyce reports for Inside Energy, these days there just aren’t enough regulators to go around.  Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Commission has a serious staffing problem.

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Arts and Culture
10:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Claflin University Choir in Denver

Credit www.tuskegee.edu

Down in the roots of jazz, you'll probably find the blues.  In the soil around those roots, you're sure enough going to find the spirituals.  Singing those songs of the ancestors is the Concert Choir of Claflin University, the first historically black college in South Carolina.  The choir director and chair of the music department at Claflin University, Dr. Isaiah McGee visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

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Eats & Beats
1:18 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Eats & Beats: The Power of Cacao

Credit www.52todo.com

One of the Americas greatest gifts to the world is the cacao plant.  The ancient and extremely complex process of developing the plant is a work of spiritual dimensions, says Mavis Salazar, an herbalist who runs Grandma's House of Herbs and Cures in Denver.

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