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•  The Associated Press reports that police detectives have completed their on-site investigation at the Boulder, Colorado, King Soopers store that was the setting of a mass shooting on March 22 that left 10 people dead.

However, the Kroger-owned store remains closed, with the company involved in ongoing discussions about when it should reopen and whether it should be renovated.


•  GeekWire reports that "Starbucks is launching a new effort to cut down on waste from its ubiquitous beverage cups with a limited trial in Seattle of a 'Borrow a Cup' program.

The program will offer customers the option to receive their beverage in a reusable cup which can be returned to contactless kiosks at one of five participating Seattle stores."

According to the story, "The newly designed cups will have a $1 refundable deposit. When a customer is done with the cup, they can scan the cup at a drive-thru or lobby kiosk and then drop it into an opening. Then they scan their Starbucks App to receive a $1 credit to their Starbucks Rewards account, in addition to 10 Bonus Stars.

"The program will run through the end of May, and the company says each borrowed cup will replace up to 30 disposable cups. Starbucks says it is committed to reducing single use cup waste as part of a larger goal to reduce waste by 50% by 2030."

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that "Starbucks says it plans to eliminate all single-use cups from its South Korean stores by 2025, the chain’s first move of this sort as it seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.

"The coffeehouse chain plans to introduce a 'cup circularity program' in some stores beginning this summer, in which customers would pay a deposit for reusable cups that would be refunded when the containers are returned and scanned at contactless kiosks, the company said in a statement on Monday. The arrangement will be expanded to cafes across the country over the next four years."