The house judiciary committee passed a bill today that aims to create child proof labeling for medical marijuana brownies, cakes, teas, lollipops and other infused products…The Joint Budget Committee today decided to postpone the closure of a southeastern Colorado prison by six months amid concerns from rural officials who say the facility is a [...]

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Education cuts continue to be a focal point as lawmakers gear up to debate next year’s budget later this month. Yesterday, education advocates delivered more than 5,000 signatures from parents and teachers to lawmakers. Education advocates say they want lawmakers to look beyond the numbers to the deeper impacts the cuts will have on [...]

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Education advocates delivered more than 5,000 signatures to state lawmakers today, trying to put a human face on the deep cuts proposed by the Governor…and, Firefighters have mostly contained a wildfire in the foothills west of Boulder.

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Lawmakers want to entice people to pay their back taxes to help fill part of the state’s budget shortfall. Two Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced a tax amnesty bill that would waive penalties and fines if people come forward and pay up. While Bente Birkeland reports that the idea is popular on both sides [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper spent the day in southeast Colorado yesterday, and met with local officials to talk about his proposed closure of the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Bent County, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…and, Congress has postponed a partisan showdown that could have led to a government shut down. House Republicans and [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed seven bills into law today, the first of his administration…An Army led investigation into a helicopter crash in Colorado’s mountains last summer cites operator error among its causes…The Pueblo City Council plans to issue a letter opposing closure of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas, according to the Continue Reading

A Democratic state lawmaker unveiled his plan yesterday to raise sales and income taxes to help shore up about a billion and a half dollars for education. The measure would change state law, and would be a citizens’ initiative on the ballot this fall. But as Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol, the [...]

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The number of Colorado children abused or neglected has been growing…The Colorado House gave preliminary approval today to a bill that would allow the Colorado Film Commission to collect donations from moviegoers…and, A Colorado Democrat who says recent proposed cuts to education funding made him “sick” wants to ask voters this fall to raise [...]

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Leaders in the Democratic controlled state senate say it’s proving difficult to find millions of dollars in savings to help backfill proposed cuts to K-12 schools. Senate President Brandon Schaffer says he wants to restore about half of the education funding cuts, and asked committee chairs last week to find additional savings. Colorado has [...]

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A Republican measure to eliminate state sales taxes on soft drinks cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote. Lawmakers got rid of the sales tax exemption for soft drinks last legislative session to help fill a budget shortfall. That move led to a big fracture between Republicans and Democrats. And as [...]

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The state’s Democratic senate president says he wants to restore about half of the proposed funding cuts to K-12 schools, some 187 million dollars. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol on what’s shaping up to be the first real division between Democrats in the legislature and the Democratic Governor.

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Because many people choose to vote by mail in Colorado rather than on Election Day in a traditional polling place, we’re talking elections and politics this month. Early voting begins October 18th, and voters will decide on a host of regional and statewide positions and issues.

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Like the rest of the nation, Colorado and its cities are facing tough decisions in this economic recession, but Colorado Springs has faced national attention over its budget issues. Among the pieces included in this month’s Western Skies, we’ll have a conversation about the complexities of the city budget, an upside to what some [...]

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The budget is a complicated issue in city hall, and our roundtable this month features a discussion with Colorado Springs Councilors Jan Martin and Sean Paige, and Gazette columnist Barry Noreen. We held the roundtable discussion in the courtroom at the Pioneer Museum, because in many ways, it’s one of the [...]

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There’s the old adage that misery loves company…and Craig Richardson stepped out to see how or if it might hold true.

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With budget cuts across the board, city officials have taken an adoption approach in order to help fill some of the gaps. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska caught up with two residents on garbage patrol, and takes a closer look at the city’s adopt-a phenomenon.

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The City of Colorado Springs is in the process of turning off 1/3 of all streetlights to save 1.2 million dollars. Is it necessarily a bad thing?

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Secession you say!?

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Is the idea of some part of Colorado Springs seceding from the greater metropolitan area (or from El Paso County) entirely preposterous? Find out in Noel Black’s extended conversation with Colorado Springs Business Journal Columnist John Hazlehurst and El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark.

Secession – Extended Conversation

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Another public face of the difficult budget crunch in the city is that of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in Garden of the Gods. Site manager Andy Morris lives at the ranch, so KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin asked him to take us through a typical summer day.

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean’s largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait … and listen.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

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