The US Labor Department was set to impose new rules limiting the work kids are allowed to do on farms and ranches. But after an outcry from family farmers, the government is reconsidering…Colorado lawmakers advanced a proposal that would allow business owners and employees in the state the right to use deadly force against [...]

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Governor Hickenlooper’s plan to privatize the state chartered workers compensation agency is continuing to face obstacles from an unlikely coalition of business and labor interests. A task force charged with examining the plan held its final meeting yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Governor John Hickenlooper wants to move forward with a plan to privatize the state chartered worker’s compensation agency Pinnacol Assurance. His task force to study the issue holds its final meeting today. Meanwhile state lawmakers inside the capitol are lukewarm about the Governor’s deal. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are introducing a slate of bills related to hydraulic fracturing this session. The measures touch on everything from how much oversight local communities should have, to tougher setbacks buffering rigs from schools and homes. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland takes a closer look.

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Colorado’s colleges would have to work with labor experts to find out where jobs are under a bill that received unanimous bipartisan backing in a state House committee today…The next stage of renovations on Colorado’s capitol dome is right around the corner, and contractors are getting ready to place a protective, weatherproof wrap around [...]

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Officials with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment are acknowledging that the state has made significant overpayments for unemployment insurance benefits…Army investigators say a soldier found dead in her barracks at Fort Carson had been stabbed, but they haven’t yet released the official cause of death…and, Investigators say one propeller on a twin-engine [...]

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A former collections manager at the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs has pled guilty in federal court to stealing rare coins worth nearly one million dollars…and, Vestas Wind Systems is planning to lay off several thousand workers worldwide. While Colorado is largely spared from these cuts, more could come.

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A task force charged with analyzing whether the state-created worker’s compensation company should privatize has even more questions than when it first began examining the plan. The group held its second meeting yesterday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado regulators have delayed finalizing a new rule for hydraulic fracturing. The proposed rule would require oil and gas companies to disclose to the public the fluids they use in the process. Environmental groups are urging the state to adopt a stronger rule. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A proposed rule goes before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Comission today that would require all oil and gas companies to post online the makeup of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Some are lauding it as a way to make the industry more transparent, but environmentalists say it’s riddled with [...]

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A group planning to nominate an independent presidential candidate online has won a spot on Colorado’s 2012 ballot…and, ACS, a Xerox company, to hire 225 people for its call center in Colorado Springs.

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Colorado is proposing new rules for the oil and gas industry, which would require companies to make public the chemical composition of fluids used in the drilling process. That process is called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the fluids are injected thousands of feet underground. The public comment period is coming to a close, [...]

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Pueblo City Council is reviewing documents related to City Manager Jerry Pacheco’s alleged misconduct, according to KRDO…Planned post office closures in Colorado and across the nation have been put on hold…Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited a Colorado solar facility today. He said the global market for solar energy remains huge, and it’s [...]

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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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For the past two years, the state legislature has grappled with what to do with Pinnacol Assurance. That’s the state created worker’s compensation company. The issue will come up again now that the company has proposed privatizing itself. On Friday a task force is expected to hold its first meeting to discuss the plan. [...]

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Educators consider third grade reading a barometer for success in school and for high school graduation rates. But nearly 30 percent of the state’s third graders are reading below average. Some in the state say those children should be held back a year…Nearly half of audited Colorado employers are not complying with a state [...]

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Colorado is beginning to roll out its new model to evaluate teachers and principals and change how teachers get and keep tenure. Fifteen school districts from across the state are part of a pilot project that will test the measurements. The issue has deeply divided state lawmakers and some Democrats worry it’ll end up [...]

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It’s no secret that the economy is in pretty bad shape. This month, we’re talking with people across the spectrum to see how they’re faring, what kind of ideas are making an impact, and how even art can grow in uncertain financial times.

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In western states like Colorado, there are growing concerns that pollution from oil and gas drilling is posing risks to public health. To that end, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to help curb the problem. The agency held a day long hearing in Denver yesterday to get input on the changes. [...]

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Oil and gas industry groups were in Denver to testify against proposed federal rules to crack down on air pollution…El Paso County officials are set to consider a four-month moratorium on exploratory oil and gas drilling tomorrow…and, the American Numismatic Association based in Colorado Springs has fired its executive director, according to the Continue Reading

Citizens groups that had sued to block drilling on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge in southern Colorado say they are now focusing on efforts to buy out a company’s rights to the minerals there…Postal workers plan to rally across the country tomorrow, including here in Colorado…and, a plan by Colorado Republicans to move up [...]

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says prescription drugs are not as safe as they should be…The state jobless rate sits at 8.5 percent for August…and, a bankruptcy judge will allow the sale of Banning Lewis Ranch to an energy company looking to drill for oil and gas there, according to the Colorado Springs [...]

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Memorial Health System is losing money and risks bond default, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette…Governor John Hickenlooper has cut more than 840 rules and regulations in the Colorado Department of Human Services…and, a Colorado panel charged with redrawing state legislative districts plans to discuss proposed final maps after going on a [...]

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News

September 17, 2014 | NPR · A group called Rolling Jubilee has “abolished” more than $3 million in private student loans from the for-profit Corinthian Colleges. And they’re just getting started.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Eric Frein, 31, has been identified as a suspect in last week’s fatal shooting of one state trooper and the critical wounding of another.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration’s plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.
 

Arts & Life

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · We’re hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes’ new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.
 

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September 17, 2014 | WBUR · Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.
 

Music

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Half Japanese’s video for “Our Love” is a sprawling, energetic celebration of new love. The band’s new album, fittingly titled Overjoyed, is its first in 13 years.
 

September 16, 2014 | NPR · One of the important thinkers in present-day jazz is taking his cue from the 1920′s on his latest project. Pianist Jason Moran has released All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s episode, we share new music from the producer Daniel Lanois, a previously unreleased track from a Bedhead box set, solo material from Phil Selway, and recent discovery Niagara.
 

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