Associated PressAssociated PressMarch 5, 20172min322

The Vatican has issued new figures showing it narrowed its deficit by half in 2015 to 12.4 million euros ($13 million). That compares with a deficit of 25.6 million euros in 2014. The Vatican released the figures for 2015 on Saturday but didn't include fuller details as it has in previous years, citing a transition in its financial accounting system that also delayed disclosure of the 2015 figures.


Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 1, 20165min343

Leaders from the faith community in Colorado and across the Southwest have sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, thanking them for adopting new rules to limit methane waste on public and tribal lands. A Public News Service story said the letter described the policy as in sync with church efforts to counter wasteful attitudes and behaviors that Pope Francis has called a "throwaway culture."

Jared WrightJared WrightFebruary 19, 201634min508

Now your substrata feed straight from the politics pipeline: Colorado Senate Democrats and House Republicans, how about this for an idea? ... from your Oregon brothers and sisters — "It's the procedural stuff that keeps us from beating each other up, literally." — Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli. This in a report from the Oregon's Statesman Journal on some of the procedural shenanigans that have been playing out in the Oregon State Legislature the past couple of weeks. Republican lawmakers in the minority have been trying to run out the clock on the short, 35-day annual session by requiring all bills to be read aloud, a constitutional requirement in the state that is usually waived by two thirds of the lawmakers. Republicans are blaming the Democrats for trying to ram through a high octane agenda in the short, just over month-long session, including bills on the minimum wage, affordable housing, climate change and firearms. Issues sound familiar? The Democrat majority is now threatening to use their secret weapon, "The Chipmunk Voice," a high-speed computer to read all bills at length.