Two of Colorado’s lawmakers react to last night’s speech from President Obama; and, the U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado.

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Known as Colorado’s own Steel City, Pueblo has an industrial base that continues to evolve today. The city has a rich cultural history and strong community ties. For this edition of Western Skies, we’re going to be exploring the history, industry, and culture of Pueblo.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is asking state employees if they are satisfied with their jobs…Proponents of an initiative that would raise Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money for education have collected enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot…and, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia testified that inequities exist in education but [...]

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Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn attended a meeting today to help smooth relations with constituents after comments he made several weeks ago that some perceived as racist, according to the Gazette…Colorado’s unemployment rate is holding steady at 8.5 percent…and, officials in four towns are celebrating the start of construction on the Southern Delivery [...]

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Colorado labor officials say the state jobless rate has fallen for a fourth straight month…Governor Hickenlooper announced today Colorado is receiving a million-dollar grant to try to improve remedial education for college-bound students…and, Pueblo Municipal Airport says regular flights to Las Vegas have helped them meet federal guidelines for more money.

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Much of southern Colorado has spent the day under a Smoke Health Advisory…and, the United States Postal Service is working to cut costs by consolidating mail facilities, and shutting down offices that they deem unsustainable.

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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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The Colorado unemployment rate hit 9.1% in January, inching it above the national average of 9% for the month. The Gazette reports that the unemployment rate in Colorado Springs hit a record 10.2% in January…Governor John Hickenlooper says state employees and contractors will have to make more sacrifices as the state grapples [...]

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In a last minute plot twist, a bill that would’ve required Colorado movie goers to pay an extra fee got a major rewrite. The Republican sponsor of the bill decided to switch course, and make the film incentive fee voluntary. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Several hundred union members who rallied outside Colorado’s capitol today in support of Wisconsin union members found a rival rally in a group of tea-partiers…The number of fatal accidents on Colorado’s roadways has fallen…and, The Supreme Court has decided to let stand a Bush administration designation of 8.6 million acres in four Western [...]

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A blast of arctic air is keeping the temperature below zero in much of Colorado. With the wind, those sub-zero temperatures have felt around -30 in Colorado Springs…and, Senator Mark Udall says legislation making its way through Congress will help create jobs in Colorado and upgrade local airports.

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Congress begins to take up the issue of repealing last year’s healthcare reform law, and Colorado members of the House of Representatives are splitting along party lines…and, Colorado unions are rallying at the state capitol to present initiatives they say will help create jobs.

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Legislative economists say Colorado will lag the country as it recovers from the recession. Last month the state had its highest unemployment rate since the early 1980s, but economists do point to some positive signs. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Getting America’s fiscal house in order will come at a cost to most Coloradans….and, Colorado high tech firms are getting a boost from NASA to speed up manufacturing in hopes of providing 10,000 new jobs over the next five years.

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A closed coal mine will soon reopen in Las Animas County and is expected to create over 400 new jobs there…and, Colorado’s rating as one of America’s healthiest states has slipped.

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Wind tower manufacturing giant Vestas opened a new factory south of Pueblo earlier this year. Two accidents, one of them fatal, marked its first six months of operations, along with the announcement that the international company was laying off some 3000 workers in Europe. Nonetheless, Vestas created some 450 jobs in the Pueblo area, [...]

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Colorado’s senators are urging the White House and congressional leaders to take action on the federal deficit…Some Colorado businesses are being asked to pay more to fund the state’s unemployment-insurance fund…and, a new Colorado-based animal welfare non-profit has chosen some eastern and southern counties as its first target areas.

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Many Coloradans stand to lose their long-term unemployment benefits this week, as the national extension expires…and, Governor Bill Ritter says Colorado state government needs to take a bigger role in developing and promoting water projects if the state is going to provide for the estimated 10 million people who will live here in 40 years.

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Concerns over unemployment and small businesses are leading many Democrats on Capitol Hill to buck party leaders on the so-called Bush tax cuts which expire at the end of this year. Outgoing Democrat John Salazar wants an across the board extension…and, Colorado’s agricultural exports are on the rise.

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Researchers hope a new $17 million, 3-year study will help them reduce rising numbers of suicides in the military by determining for the first time which programs work and which don’t…Voters in Colorado will decide November 3rd on Amendment 62, also known as the “personhood amendment”…and, the outsourcing company Affiliated Computer Services Inc. says it [...]

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New Census Bureau figures show Colorado’s poverty rate is about two percentage points lower than the national rate in one of the worst economic years in recent history…The Colorado Community College System has announced the resignation of Dr. Tony Kinkel, president of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs…and, The Bureau of Land Managemet plans [...]

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Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

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Advocates on both sides of a ballot initiative regarding abortion are beginning their campaigns…One of three companies with federal leases to research and develop oil shale in Colorado says it plans to start testing its technology next year…Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has received an Air Force Academy award for contributions to U.S. defense [...]

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · If you’re like many parents, by tomorrow morning you’ll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There’s now more evidence about who gets sick and why.
 

Arts & Life

October 31, 2014 | NPR · In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters’ work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Kenneth Turan reviews Nightcrawler, a thriller set in the “nocturnal underbelly” of Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a young man who discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · A new digital platform called Simpson’s World has all 25 years’ worth of the show. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices.
 

Music

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October 31, 2014 | WXPN · The Scottish soul singer, a best-seller in Europe, plays songs from his new album, Caustic Love.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · The song is the exuberant sound of a novice exploring the possibilities of alternative electronic dance music with no real rule book or manual at his disposal.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live set from the banjo master, who’s long been expanding the instrument’s possibilities.
 

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