Another round of layoffs has hit prisons in southern Colorado, this time coming from the private company Corrections Corporation of America, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…and, the Supreme Court is set any day now to rule on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health care legislation. Yet a poll shows about a third of Americans are worrying about a piece of the bill that isn’t even there.

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The Air Force has indefinitely delayed plans to fly low-altitude training missions over southern Colorado, the central Colorado mountains, and the Four Corners region…The Air Force Academy says up to 78 cadets cheated on an online test by accessing a website…Governor John Hickenlooper signed a new bill into law today that updates state workforce rules for the first time in 40 years.

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This month we’re taking a look at mining, the history of it in Colorado, and how towns have evolved as the ebb and flow of the industry cycles through.

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A U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing took place in Denver today. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be over-reaching. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Voters will get to decide this fall whether to update rules on how Colorado hires and retains state workers. The legislative vote came down yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Democrats and conservationists are working with Hickenlooper’s staff to try and save a bill that would revamp the Governor’s Energy office. Finding a way to fund the office and expand its mission to promote more traditional forms of energy is a top priority for the Governor. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Pueblo County sheriff’s officials say a 53-year-old man has died after an accident at Evraz North America’s rod and bar mill in Pueblo…

Warm weather in Colorado has come early this year and so has an abundance of miller moths…

CDOT held a memorial service today for workers killed in highway accidents through the […]

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Additional legislation to deal with hydraulic fracturing and oil and gas regulations is unlikely in the final weeks of the state’s annual legislative session. A task force convened by Governor Hickenlooper to examine the issue is not recommending new laws. Bente Birkeland has more from inside the state capitol.

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A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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A jobs proposal from Democrats that would give state bidding preferences to companies that hire Colorado workers has cleared the Senate, but appears headed to certain death in the Republican-controlled House…

Attorney General John Suthers says Colorado is joining a multistate lawsuit against electronic book publishers and Apple…

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Republicans in the state senate blasted a key Democratic bill. The measure would give preferences in state contracts to companies that hire mainly Colorado workers. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado Springs City Council today voted to approve funds geared toward surveillance cameras downtown along Tejon Street, the Gazette reports. Police Chief Pete Carey previously told KRCC the idea for the cameras was to both address crime, and address the perception of crime in the downtown area…

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Colorado is promoting its relatively healthy residents to lure new businesses to the state, arguing that able-bodied people are more productive and may cost less to insure.

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The Colorado Department of Corrections, or the DOC, announced yesterday they will be closing Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City. The Canon City Daily Record reports there will be a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the closure…and, Residents on Colorado’s eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage […]

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Colorado voters are one step closer to deciding whether to change the process of how state employees get hired. A house committee has passed two measures to reform Colorado’s personnel system. The bipartisan proposals are among the Governor’s top legislative priorities and took months of negotiations. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State employees in Colorado are closer to seeing new rules for how they’re paid, hired and fired…Colorado College history professor Anne Hyde wins prestigious ‘Bancroft’ award.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate continues to slowly decline…and, state senators debated the role of government today and whether or not Colorado should help universities better coordinate college degrees with vacant jobs.

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Colorado lawmakers will soon debate whether to change how government workers get hired, are fired, and how they are compensated. It’s one of Governor Hickenlooper’s top priorities for the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado Springs Councilman Tim Leigh is seeking an investigation into the practices at city-owned Memorial Health System, according to the Gazette…The Colorado Senate moved a bill out of the education committee unanimously last week that would allow indigenous languages to be taught by experts of federally recognized tribes…and, The Defense Department says […]

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Colorado is one of the first states in the country to opt out of parts of No Child Left Behind…and, the Colorado House today gave initial approval to a measure that would give businesses the ability to use deadly force against suspected intruders.

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A truck carrying toxic anhydrous ammonia ruptured after it fell off a trailer this morning as it was being hauled to a farm just south of Walsh…Colorado Springs has hired a law firm to aid in negotiations regarding the potential lease of Memorial Health System to the University of Colorado Health System…and, a new […]

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Colorado lawmakers left the Capitol early today to take part in Republican caucuses across the state…Colorado sportsmen are backing proposed federal rules for public disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids used in oil and gas drilling…and, the Federal Bureau of Land Management is revisiting an effort to protect sage grouse in Colorado.

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Two Democratic bills aimed at reducing the impacts from hydraulic fracturing failed in a house local government committee on Monday. Each faced opposition from members in both parties. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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