Colorado’s death penalty is one step closer to being done away with. Members of the state veterans and military affairs committee passed a bill yesterday to eliminate the death penalty on a party line vote. The measure must still pass the appropriations committee before it could go to the full senate for further debate. Bente [...]

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State health officials have confirmed two swine flu cases in Colorado: a woman in her 30s from Arapahoe County who’d taken a cruise in Mexico, and a man in his 40s who works as a baggage handler at Denver International Airport. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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Jerry Carle is known to many simply as “Coach.” Carle led the Colorado College football team for 33 years, and when the school recently made the economic decision to shut down its football program, President Dick Celeste and Athletic Director Ken Ralph visited Carle to break the news personally. In this week’s “Citizen [...]

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North America’s largest bottled water producer, Nestle Waters, is eyeing springs in Chaffee County as a new source for their product. The corporate giant has applied for the necessary permits to develop these springs. Some two hundred people gathered in Salida last night for the third public hearing on the matter. KRCC’s Shanna [...]

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Drivers and front seat passengers could face a 75-dollar fine for not wearing a seat belt under a new bill that cleared the senate transportation committee on Tuesday. It passed on a party line vote with all the Republicans on the committee voting against it. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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Elementary school students at he Classical Academy in northern Colorado Springs got a visit yesterday from former astronaut Jim Reilly, as part of the Space Foundation’s outreach to local schools to stress the importance of space-based science and math education. KRCC’s Aaron Retka spoke with Brian DeBates of the Space Foundation and attended [...]

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A bill that would require anyone arrested or charged with a felony to give a DNA sample to law enforcement cleared the state senate yesterday. The measure passed with wide support despite objections from several lawmakers who say it would violate protections guaranteed in the 4th amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures. Bente Birkeland reports [...]

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The state legislature has less than two weeks left before it adjourns, but there’s still a lot of bills that are making their way through the house and senate chambers. Bente Birkeland talks about what’s left to do as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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The members of three Colorado Buddhist communities met in Colorado Springs at All Souls Unitarian Church, in the hopes of helping to bring healing to the world. The event coincided with Earth Week, and consisted of a 24-hour chant in the Pali language. KRCC’s Bob Thomason produced this audio postcard of [...]

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Colorado Democrats are touting a climate change plan in Congress as a force for economic growth and job creation back home. Republicans say it’s a formula for deeper recession. Yanmei Xie has more from Capitol Hill.

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Colorado’s Attorney General issues a warning regarding a popular newspaper, and a “Trash Treasure Hunt.”

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Woodland Park resident Pam Sirko is a trail enthusiast and artist, and cares for horses and animals of all sorts at her home. In today’s “Citizen Report,” she shares some friendly pet advice.

(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. More information is available at the YourHub [...]

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On Wednesday lawmakers finalized the state’s 17.9 billion dollar budget, after weeks of twists and turns, negotiations and compromises. The budget now heads to Governor Bill Ritter’s desk. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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The word “permaculture” joins the concepts of “permanent” and “agriculture.” It begins with personal commitment toward protecting the Earth, then continues with action to make it happen. And, it’s the theme of an Earth Day celebration that will feature a permaculture greenhouse. KRCC’s Shelley Schlender reports from Boulder.

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A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado cleared the house on Tuesday, but not after some high drama at the state capitol. The swing vote came down to a single lawmaker who was undecided until the very end. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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After a difficult 2008, the city and casinos of Cripple Creek are gearing up for a much-needed shot in the arm on July 2nd. That’s the day a new law takes effect that allows casinos to add craps and roulette to their lineup of games, and raises the stakes to one hundred dollars [...]

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Bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado moves forward…and a water pipeline gets approval.

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Chaffee County commissioners could decide tomorrow whether to allow Nestle to draw water from an aquifer near Nathrop and truck it to Denver for bottling. But as KRCC’s Eryn Gable reports, some area residents are hoping the commissioners will delay a decision until more is known about the project’s impacts.

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Remembering Columbine, Fort Carson’s leader prepares to move on, and the Four Corners….that weren’t.

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Senate Democrats have selected Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer of Longmont to be the next Senate President. Three other lawmakers were originally interested in the job, but on Friday the members unanimously backed Shaffer. Current senate president Peter Groff will leave at the end of the legislative session to take a job in the [...]

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On Thursday state lawmakers in the house found ways to fill a 300 million dollar budget shortfall without making drastic cuts to higher education or transferring money from the state’s workers compensation agency. Both Republicans and Democrats agreed on most of the changes. The budget still faces a final vote in the house. Bente Birkeland [...]

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It’s time for the “Citizen Report,” a collaborative effort between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC that brings the voices of citizen journalists to the airwaves.

This week, Gary Coulter talks about visiting Iwo Jima.

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Governor Bill Ritter said on Wednesday that transferring money from the quasi-governmental Pinnacol Assurance to fill the state’s budget shortfall is no longer an option. This comes just days after Ritter pledged no new cuts to higher education to help balance the budget. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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