We bring back Western Skies with a look at arts in the region. We take the time to look at the Colorado Springs scene, film production as an economic driver, the Broadmoor Art Academy, and more.

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Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent. Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe using [...]

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An Army environmental study says Fort Carson is the best location for a new combat aviation brigade…The Colorado Department of Transportation and Trinidad city officials marked the opening of southbound Interstate 25 through the city today…and, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association has dropped its lawsuit challenging new rules to regulate the state’s energy industry.

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The Republican leader of the state senate is finding more success this legislative session with his efforts to streamline government and make it more efficient. His bill to examine state departments for redundant programs and cost savings easily cleared a Democratic controlled committee today. A similar measure failed last year. Bente Birkeland has more from [...]

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Democratic state lawmakers are resurrecting a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in state college tuition. The measure failed two years ago in the Democratic controlled senate, but a new lawmaker is hoping for a different outcome this time around. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state senate will debate a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition…Federal officials have completed a draft environmental assessment of the potential effects of planting Roundup Ready crops on land in the National Wildlife Refuge System, including land in Colorado.

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With temperatures still hovering around the zero degree mark, energy companies in the region are clearly experiencing in a spike in natural gas consumption…According to a release from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, nearly 50 students at the college are relocating from the UCCS Housing Village to new rooms due to a break [...]

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As the cold weather persists, KXRM takes a look at car care in the cold.

Falcon School District 49 is expected to address leadership issues today (Gazette, KRDO).

In Colorado Springs, the Gazette takes a look at factors that go into weather closures.

Black Hills Energy asks [...]

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A blast of arctic air is keeping the temperature below zero in much of Colorado. With the wind, those sub-zero temperatures have felt around -30 in Colorado Springs…and, Senator Mark Udall says legislation making its way through Congress will help create jobs in Colorado and upgrade local airports.

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Frigid temperatures hit the region (Gazette, KKTV, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain). Lawmakers introduce a plan to block a proposal from the Air Force regarding low altitude training flights (Trinidad Times-Independent).

In Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy faces a lawsuit over it’s scheduled luncheon for [...]

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Republicans and Democrats in the senate tangled over a state revenue forecast yesterday. The measure already cleared the Republican controlled house, but as Bente Birkeland reports, the debate highlights divisions between the parties and chambers.

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A Republican House member publicly apologized today for getting heated and talking loudly to a Democratic lawmaker on the senate floor last week. A sergeant-at-arms asked him to leave the chamber and he’s since been banned from the senate floor for the rest of the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of the listening area, and temperatures are expected to plunge to near record lows tomorrow night…Five faculty members at the Air Force Academy and a religious watchdog group are filing a civil rights suit against the school, saying it’s violating the constitutional separation of church and [...]

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Calls for bi-partisanship at the statehouse have started to break down in the early part of the legislative session. Some of the divisions have cropped up over budget issues and even minor resolutions. Bente Birkeland takes a look as part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series.

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A federal district court has ruled to temporarily block a Colorado law that aims to collect sales taxes from online purchases. The judge says the law is unconstitutional even if the end goal is important and legitimate. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill that aims to ban people from using public assistance money at strip clubs overwhelming cleared a house committee on Thursday. The Democratic sponsor of the bill says it’s a relatively rare occurrence but still a loophole in the law. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado’s new rules for medical marijuana dispensaries are being called groundbreaking. They’re the nation’s most extensive for commercial sale of the drug. Regulators aim to track it from when the pot is planted to when a patient takes it. Hearings have been scheduled for today and tomorrow. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney says, [...]

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The acting commander at Fort Carson says the Army has no current plans to expand a 370-square-mile training site in southeastern Colorado…Republican state lawmakers say a federal judge’s decision to block a Colorado law affecting larger out-of-state, online retailers shows it’s unconstitutional and should be repealed…and, Senator Mark Udall has been appointed to the Senate’s [...]

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The caseload for state public defenders is growing (Denver Post). Weld County is the only county in the state without long-term debt (Denver Post). Ft. Carson general says plans to expand Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site are not moving forward, for now (Pueblo Chieftain).

In Colorado Springs, Memorial Health System officials [...]

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The President’s State of the Union yesterday focused heavily on innovation and job creation. Colorado’s freshman Republicans found some things to like in the speech and some things not to like….and, organizers of a study on improving a section of Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs are presenting recommendations tonight.

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Colorado students scored slightly higher than the national average on a nationwide science test…and, State lawmakers are calling for bi-partisanship and cooperation this legislative session, but can’t seem to agree on whether they need it in writing.

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Yesterday morning we heard about newly-released statistics on infections in Colorado’s hospitals. Today, KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney looks at what can be done to reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections in Colorado.

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.
 

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