A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include promoting oil and gas is in limbo in the Democratic controlled senate. Senate Democrats killed a similar bill last year saying it would take resources away from renewable energy. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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As Colorado gears up for the second USA ProCycling Challenge, cities statewide are adapting to some route changes. Last year, Colorado Springs hosted the Prologue with time trials through Garden of the Gods. This year, the race starts in Durango. KRCC’s Molly Sinnott has this look at what area businesses along the path of this [...]

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The state’s budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey. It’s already cleared the Republican controlled house with near unanimous support. Now the Democratic controlled senate will debate it.

A task force has failed to settle a dispute between Colorado communities and the oil and gas industry over who has the ability to [...]

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Kelli Rose is 46 and healthy, with never a day in the hospital. But still, the only health insurance available to her has a $15,000 deductible and would cost up to $500 a month.

Asked if she has $15,000 in the bank in case of a medical emergency, Rose just laughs.

Health insurance has become so expensive that this Monument woman, like many other Coloradans, has decided it is just not worth the cost. So she lives without insurance.

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A Lockheed Martin unit in Colorado Springs has received a contract worth up to $78.2 million for work on a missile warning system…Over 140 municipalities in Colorado will hold elections tomorrow on a variety of topics, including taxes and legal publications…and, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has released the new [...]

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A handful of Republicans joined Democrats at the statehouse to defeat a bill that would’ve required people applying for public welfare to take a drug test in order to receive their monthly benefits…Governor John Hickenlooper took a helicopter tour of the Lower North Fork Fire that continues to burn southwest of Denver…and, warm temperatures [...]

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A bill to reorganize the Governor’s Energy Office and expand its mission to include the promotion of oil and gas development alongside clean energy cleared its first hurdle at the capitol yesterday. Governor John Hickenlooper supports the change, but other Democrats are wary. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The goal of the Governor’s task force on oil and gas drilling is to examine the balance of power between local regulations and state rules. But during its second meeting late last week, some citizens and members of the environmental community raised questions over the process and role of the panel. Bente (BEN tuh) [...]

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Colorado will pump millions of dollars into low-income housing and programs to help people in danger of foreclosure as part of a multi-billion dollar settlement with five large mortgage lenders. Companies include JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. State officials made the announcement today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Under provisions in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, six new test sites for unmanned aircraft vehicles, or UAVs, will be established by the Federal Aviation Authority and the Department of Defense. As KRCC’s Molly Sinnott reports, several Front Range business groups have come together to promote Colorado as one of the new test sites.

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Most Colorado hospitals reported strong profits to the federal government for 2010, as consolidation has given them clout to demand more money from insurance companies.

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture, or CDA, is managing funds set aside by the United States Department of Agriculture for partially reimbursing farmers for organic certifications…The owners of a leaking uranium mine west of Denver are rerouting Ralston Creek to avoid toxic waste…and, a new zipline is being built at the scenic Royal Gorge [...]

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State lawmakers have already defeated several bills dealing with the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing this session. But a new executive order from Governor John Hickenlooper stands to put the issue in the spotlight once again. He’s creating a task force to examine the balance of power between local oil and gas [...]

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Despite the down economy putting the pinch on many businesses, the hospital industry in Colorado is doing well. A Colorado Public News examination found most hospitals are reporting healthy profits…The number of business complaints Colorado consumers are filing with the state attorney general’s office is rising…A cottage foods bill is on its way to [...]

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The state senate cleared a bill today that would create a smart phone app for locally owned businesses…Colorado Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to allow businesses to use deadly force against suspected intruders…and, President Barack Obama will speak to graduating Air Force Academy cadets at the school’s commencement in May.

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from a 67-megawatt wind project planned in northeast Colorado…The Fort Lyons medium-security prison is now closed, the Chieftain reports.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a broad executive order on hydraulic fracturing. It creates a task force to clarify whether the state or local governments have the authority to regulate oil and gas drilling. The task force is also charged with determining whether new regulations are needed. As Bente Birkeland reports from the state [...]

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Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs City Councils agreed unanimously yesterday to approve an inter-governmental agreement for managing the Manitou Incline…and, Gov. John Hickenlooper is stepping into a dispute between local governments and the oil and gas industry over drilling by forming a task force to examine the issue.

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Colorado Springs School District 11 is testing a propane-powered bus they’ve added into its fleet as part of an ongoing goal to focus on being greener…and, Chevron Corporation is giving up its oil shale lease in northwest Colorado to free up it’s resources for other priorities.

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The U.S. Postal Service is closing four mail processing centers in Colorado as part of a broader plan to consolidate or close facilities around the country, including centers in Colorado Springs, Alamosa, and Salida…Governor John Hickenlooper says he’s sympathetic to the legislature’s plans to give more money to rural lawmakers who have to stay [...]

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Colorado is among 10 states getting a total of $230 million dollars to help set up new health insurance markets under President Barack Obama’s overhaul…Southern Colorado residents near Ft. Carson may hear an increase in air traffic starting tomorrow, as the base hosts high altitude training for a visiting aviation unit…and, operations at Denver [...]

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A Democratic bill that would ban employers from checking credit reports in the hiring process cleared the State Senate today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State lawmakers struck down a Democratic bill yesterday that would have given local communities more authority to regulate the oil and gas industry. The measure failed on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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