Oil and Gas companies operating in Colorado could soon face stricter reporting requirements when it comes spills. A bill lowering the reporting threshold passed its first committee yesterday. Bente [BEN tuh] Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Nevada Avenue between Cache la Poudre and Uintah in downtown Colorado Springs is closed due to a hazardous material incident at Colorado College. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl reports.

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With an increased flood risk in areas in and near the Waldo Canyon burn scar, county and city officials in the Pikes Peak region are holding a series of meetings to help keep residents informed of alert systems, mitigation efforts, and how they can prepare for the upcoming flood season. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl recently […]

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The Bureau of Land Management suspended more than two-dozen energy leases in the Thompson Divide yesterday. Most of the leases were set to expire at the end of May. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Colorado Springs City Council yesterday voted to expand its Community Solar Garden program, a subsidy for solar energy that allows consumers to invest in solar panels without installing them on their own rooftops. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

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Democrats at the statehouse are working on a slate of bills aimed at revamping the oil and gas industry as the legislature moves into its final few weeks. A bill that would change the mission of the state’s Oil and Gas Commission cleared the full house today, despite strong Republican opposition. Bente Birkeland has […]

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Tonight’s flood preparedness meeting at Ute Pass Elementary for residents of Chipita Park and Cascade has been postponed due to the weather. County officials are working to reschedule the session. Click inside for a list of currently scheduled meetings.

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A bill to compensate Coloradans who are wrongfully imprisoned initially cleared the house yesterday with widespread bipartisan support. As Bente Birkeland reports, the measure was brought forward because of one particular case.

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Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re scrambling to find irrigation water, made scarce by the region’s persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don’t need back to farmers. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke […]

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Colorado Springs opened its new Emergency Operations Center today. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, it’s the city’s first dedicated multi-agency command post.

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The Pikes Peak Region is focusing on flood preparations for residents of El Paso County and Colorado Springs near the Waldo Canyon burn area. KRCC’s Martha Perez-Sanz has more.

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Eating disorders are most often associated with young women, but the issues affect all ages, men and women. For this month’s Healthy Conversation, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin is joined by Captain Kayla Ramotar, Assistant Chief of the Nutrition Care Division at Evans Army Community Hospital to talk about eating disorders.

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The peak of the gun debate at the state capitol may be over, but the political ramifications are still unfolding. As part of our Capitol Conversation seres, Bente Birkeland discusses that dynamic, and President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Colorado.

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The country’s jazz scene is young, but it’s hit the world stage quickly thanks in large part to public funding. For Norwegian musicians, it literally pays to dream big — and to write lots of grant applications.

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Colorado Springs police arrested a man this morning who they say is a gang member and “person of interest” in the case of slain Colorado Corrections chief Tom Clements. But as KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, he is being held on unrelated warrants, not as a homicide suspect.

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The state budget cleared the House today after a testy debate the night before. It passed with nine Republican votes, unlike the Senate, where it had no GOP support. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado is launching a statewide branding initiative to help boost tourism. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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State lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill to regulate recreational marijuana next week. A task force is wrapping up its work with a slew of recommendations. The group hopes to learn from the state’s experience regulating medical marijuana. But as Bente Birkeland reports, there are still some big issues to iron out.

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President Barack Obama visited Colorado yesterday to continue his push for stricter federal gun laws. During a speech at the Denver Police Academy, he praised what the state has done since last year’s Aurora and Newtown, Connecticut shootings. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Colorado Springs city officials released their final After Action Report on last year’s devastating Waldo Canyon Fire this morning. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin has more.

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Last update: 12:52 am. Ballot Issue 1 (TOPS funds) has 72% in favor. Issue 2: No, 80%. Council Seats: District 1, Knight, 56%. D2: Miller, 52%. D3: King, 39%. D4: Collins, 39%. D5: Gaebler, 36%. D6: Pico 34%

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A bi-partisan bill to create a legal limit for driving while high initially passed the House today. Supporters say it’s especially important now that Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state senate held a lengthy debate yesterday on a complicated plan to change how Colorado funds its K through 12 schools. The Democratic proposal initially passed the senate on a party line vote. At stake is one billion additional dollars for schools. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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