Congressional investigators looking into an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe that killed at least 30 people last year have found fault with third-party auditors, Jensen Farms, and Food and Drug Administration regulations, according to the Denver Post…and, the state’s annual legislative session begins tomorrow, and passing a balanced budget is expected to [...]

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced today his line item vetoes to the city’s 2012 annual budget…and, Federal authorities may be considering a crackdown on medical marijuana businesses in Colorado, according to KCNC in Denver.

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Lawmakers peppered Governor John Hickenlooper with economic development questions when he presented his budget for next year. The legislature’s bi-partisan joint budget committee is charged with crafting a budget. Similar to recent years, the budget will require significant cuts to government programs. The Governor has also set aside 6 million dollars for economic incentives. [...]

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Lawmakers had lots of questions for Governor John Hickenlooper when he presented his budget today…and, the Air Force is conducting a readiness exercise that could cause delays at the gates and elsewhere on campus. Academy officials have asked that drivers be cautious during the exercise.

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It’s news that no one wants to hear, but have come to expect. Governor John Hickenlooper says more budget cuts to education are needed to balance next year’s budget. As Bente Birkeland reports, the Governor is already expecting serious resistance to some of the proposals he outlined this week.

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Governor John Hickenlooper released his budget for next year today. It includes further cuts to higher education and K through 12 schools…and, low-income residents can begin applying for assistance with their home heating bills, but the requirements will be tougher this year.

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Colorado lawmakers have approved a request to proceed with an emergency audit of online public schools in the state…and, Colorado’s congressional delegation has left Washington for a week home after sealing a last-minute deal to avoid a government shutdown.

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The final ballot count is in for the strong-mayor runoff election in Colorado Springs, and the rates barely budged from their initial posting last night. Steve Bach garnered about 57% of the total vote, with Richard Skorman receiving about 43%…The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Vestas with violations at its wind turbine [...]

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A small fire that broke out near the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has been contained. A fire department spokesperson says burning mulch created a great deal of smoke, but the fire was contained to a median. A utility pole was damaged…A partisan standoff over congressional redistricting continued today, with the Republican-controlled House [...]

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The state’s deep cuts to K-12 schools are poised to become significantly smaller. The house changed a school funding bill today to bring in millions of additional dollars to schools. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state budget is close to reaching the Governor’s desk. Seventeen house Democrats joined Republicans today to pass the annual budget bill. It followed nearly 12 hours of debate, with Democrats offering dozens of amendments to try and reduce the cuts. Republicans praise the budget as responsible and had already reached a compromise with [...]

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The Colorado house has given final approval to the state budget…Colorado lawmakers are trying to convince General Electric to bring the nation’s largest solar panel manufacturing plant to the state.

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The Republican controlled house initially passed the state budget yesterday after a lengthy, and at times, heated debate. The 18 billion dollar budget already cleared the Democratic controlled senate with wide bi-partisan support, but Democrats in the house largely oppose it. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state’s 18 billion dollar budget is making its way through the house…A wildfire burning in Bent County has now burned about 13,500 acres. It’s also cut power to the Ft. Lyon prison, according to KKTV…and, First Lady Michelle Obama visits Colorado as part of a two-day, five-city tour to showcase communities, [...]

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Firefighters from several counties in Southeast Colorado are still working to contain a grassfire in Bent County that has burned more than 9,000 acres since it started on Saturday…Lawmakers in the Colorado House have begun meetings to discuss the particulars of the proposed state budget.

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In a show of bi-partisanship, both Republicans and Democrats voted to pass a state budget yesterday. And while it cleared the senate with widespread support, for many it was a tough vote. It’s expected to generate a more lively debate in the house, where Republicans hold a one-seat majority. Bente Birkeland has more from [...]

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After five months of hearings and negotiations the state senate passed a bi-partisan budget today…and, Cotter Corp. plans to initiate testing next month to determine the how much of a cancer-causing chemical is in the groundwater near its Canon City uranium mill.

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House and senate leaders have reached a deal on a roughly $7 billion state operating budget after weeks of tense negotiations that practically ground the capitol to a halt. Senate Democrats were fed up with the talks and threatened to break protocol and introduce a separate budget this week, but eventually both sides agreed [...]

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Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature have reached a compromise on the state budget, after weeks of negotiations that were nearly derailed. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Legislative leaders have reached an impasse on budget negotiations. The state’s six person Joint Budget Committee met in an undisclosed location yesterday to try and hammer out a budget agreement. Now the Democratic senate president is threatening to introduce a separate budget. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Education cuts are on the table once again in this year’s budgeting process. This month, we’re spending time taking a look at those cuts, and at education in general in Colorado.

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About fifty buses from Falcon School District 49 circled the state capitol today with messages for lawmakers who are considering cuts to education funding…A proposal by Colorado lawmakers to combine the Colorado Division of Wildlife with Colorado State Parks is up for review…and, a small earthquake registered near Steamboat Springs early Wednesday morning.

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The state legislature has been forced to delay a debate on the budget as Republicans and Democrats work to negotiate a compromise. Republicans in the senate say they want to stop raiding money from businesses to fill the shortfall. Democrats say they won’t make additional cuts to K-12 schools. Bente Birkeland has more from [...]

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Videos and other images of beheadings have appeared with increasing frequency in recent weeks. Dawn Perlmutter, director of the Symbol Intelligence Group, discusses the symbolism of this grim ritual.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL’s new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice’s alleged domestic abuse.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The beloved Mexican actor known as Cantinflas is often referred to as the Latin Charlie Chaplin. His humor tweaked the rich and powerful. His speech was goofy and intelligent at the same time, and he made some 50 movies between 1936 and 1981. And now, a new film addresses the actor’s life.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · The 68-year-old film director hitchhiked from Baltimore to San Francisco for his book Carsick. He says hitchhiking is “the worst beauty regimen ever.” Originally broadcast June 10.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Take a deep breath, in black & white. Alice Boman’s fragile singing, mixed with ethereal images from the Swedish countryside, make for a small, laptop vacation.
 

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August 29, 2014 | KCRW · This week’s episode of Metropolis, curated by KCRW’s Jason Bentley, features a variety of Basement Jaxx-related material, plus new music from Kelela, SBTRKT and more.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · This week’s puzzler for careful listeners is from guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock band Toadies. Hear the fills (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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