Many of the hundreds of rape kits that Colorado police departments receive are never tested.

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has recently launched a new online forum that aims to make medical information easily accessible to seniors and adults with disabilities. KRCC’s Elizabeth Schoder reports.

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Voters across the country took part in election night watch parties yesterday, and El Paso County was no exception. KRCC reporters attended the Democratic and Republican gatherings in the county, and this report starts with Kate Dunn, who spent the evening with the El Paso County Republicans.

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Colorado will provide this year’s U. S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree comes from White River National Forest in Northwest Colorado, near the town of Meeker, and it begins its journey today. KRCC’s Kate Dunn reports.

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Friends of Garden of the Gods has donated $20,000 to help keep water flowing freely through the park.

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The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey. KRCC’s Kate Dunn says the report shows conservation continues to be an important issue for many sportsmen.

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With the election now only one week away, nearly a quarter of Colorado voters have already cast their ballots…Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has announced the formation of what he’s calling the Pension Solutions Team…El Paso County Health officials are reporting the first hospitalized flu patients this season…The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey…and, more.

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A pending agreement with state officials may make water quality testing a requirement for obtaining drilling permits in El Paso county.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate ticked down two-tenths of a percent last month, to 8 percent…The USA Pro Challenge cycling race brought nearly 100 million dollars into the state.

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The USA Pro Challenge cycling race brought nearly 100 million dollars in to the state.

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The World War II Amache Japanese Internment Camp in southeastern Colorado is the subject of an exhibit at The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs opening today.

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Even though temperatures reached near freezing across much of the Front Range last night, other parts of the state are seeing fire activity. KRCC’s Elizabeth Schoder reports.

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The Centers for Disease Control is reporting nearly 4,000 cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. as of October 2nd, including more than 160 deaths. In Colorado, a total of 106 cases have been reported this year.

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Drought conditions this year have affected waterfowl habitats in eastern Colorado so that hunters may have trouble finding ducks and geese this fall and winter.

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Two separate interest groups plan to air advertisements before Wednesday’s presidential debate held at the University of Denver.

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Some 2000 supporters met Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop at the airport in Pueblo today…One woman is dead and another seriously injured after a disturbance at a state prison in Southeastern Colorado this morning.

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One woman is dead and another seriously injured after a disturbance at a state prison in southeastern Colorado Monday morning.

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This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, unnaturally large wildfires recently…Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire…Chimney Rock to be designated a National Monument.

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A new study suggests that climate change is affecting the number and severity of wildfires in the West, including in Colorado.

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Delays are keeping the I-25 north to US 50 ramp in Pueblo closed longer than anticipated.

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This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

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Two days after firefighters contained a blaze in Park County, another fire two miles west of Lake George has broken out…As firefighters continue to fight the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, other parts of the state are beginning to feel the effects…A portion of South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs will be closed for the next few days.

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The US Senate has passed legislation to speed government contracts to modernize the aging fleet of Forest Service tanker planes that dump suppressants on Western wildfires..A 227-acre wildfire in northern Colorado is fully contained…and, Drivers in downtown Colorado Springs may find traffic detours this weekend.

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · A working-class activist anchors this graphic novel portrayal of British suffrage. Sally Heathcote is a compelling mix of visual ingenuity and historical accuracy.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · Electric Wizard has spent two decades playing ridiculously heavy, misanthropic doom metal. On Time To Die, the band gets more room to explore than ever.
 

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