Some Colorado lawmakers want to put an end to Gov. Bill Ritter’s fleet vehicle program and bar the use of state-owned vehicles for tax-free commuting unless it contributes to public safety…Prosecutors in southeastern Colorado say they won’t pursue charges against an ex-convict accused of making a threat against an Amtrak train…and, President Barack Obama will attend two fundraising events in Denver to help raise money for Senator Michael Bennet’s election campaign.

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