State lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would punish local communities who opt out of the federal immigration program, known as secure communities…and, a study of the financial impact of activities managed by the Bureau of Land Management says Colorado gained $3.68 billion in direct economic benefits from minerals development in fiscal year 2010.

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