Most of Colorado is in a moderate to extreme drought, and the outlook for June doesn’t appear like conditions will improve…and, Airmen from Peterson Air Force Base’s 302nd Airlift Wing are in France for commemorative D-Day events.

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About 50 members from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base are joining two other American crews in France for an airdrop Sunday in Normandy. The planned drop commemorates the historic Allied invasion that happened on June 6th, 1944 during World War II.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Craig in northwestern Colorado…Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can prescribe the treatment…Around 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire near the Utah border…A California soldier assigned to Fort Carson has been killed in Afghanistan.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has officially set Monday as the start of a legislative special session to address seven topics, including legalizing civil unions and funding Water Conservation Board projects…Colorado Springs Utilities has agreed to meet with a group of downtown business leaders regarding Drake Power Plant…and, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering reducing big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.

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Colorado is one step closer to creating a legal standard for driving while high. The measure passed the house judiciary committee yesterday after a lengthy hearing…The Bureau of Land Management is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by citizens who oppose the artist Christo’s latest project…and, more than 5.5 million people visited Colorado Springs and El Paso County last year, according to the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s 2011 Stakeholders Report.

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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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A team of specialists says firefighters underestimated how much unburned vegetation remained at the site of a prescribed burn blamed for triggering a deadly wildfire last month southwest of Denver…

A closure of all caves and abandoned mines throughout the west is up for review by the U.S. Forest Service…

Colorado is launching a [...]

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Next fiscal year’s 19 billion dollar state budget cleared the house today with only one no vote…

The state task force charged with examining jurisdictional conflicts over oil and gas drilling regulations is recommending more collaboration between Colorado and local governments…

The Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, or PPFC, plans to hold a congressional candidate [...]

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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…

The Bureau of Land Management’s San [...]

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Medicaid participants in Colorado now have the option of having remote health monitoring in their homes…A proposal that would limit prosecutor’s power to charge youth as adults passed in Colorado’s Senate on a 22-13 vote…Bears have always been a problem in Raton, but last season’s high number of incidents has brought it to the [...]

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Differences in community names as well as a discrepancy between coordinates on mapping systems are being blamed for a failure to alert some residents to a deadly wildfire southwest of Denver last week…and, Pueblo Health officials are warning people to be on the lookout for rabid skunks.

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A newly published study on health ranks Pueblo County near the bottom of 59 reviewed counties in Colorado, coming in with an overall rank of 54…and, as Olympians prepare to head to London for this year’s summer games, the third annual Warrior Games will have some competitors from across the Atlantic too.

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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is replacing the state’s outdated, 20-year-old fingerprint system…Colorado tourism officials are launching a new advertising campaign urging people to come explore the state.

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Federal officials say they arrested 92 immigrants in Colorado who were convicted of serious crimes, immigration violations, or were immigration fugitives…and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall wants to create a national monument and wilderness area along the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista.

To provide input on the proposal for national monument and wilderness [...]

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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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Governor John Hickenlooper has decided to suspend any prescribed burns by state agencies on state lands…The nonprofit organization Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count Survey…and, Colorado Springs City Council gave initial approval 6-2 (Gazette) yesterday to install ten video surveillance cameras downtown.

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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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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is researching migratory patterns of bighorn sheep and elk in the San Juan Mountains…and, Forecasters say February snowstorms have helped to increase below average snowpack in Colorado, but levels are still low.

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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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Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to legalize gold and silver coins as usable currency amid fears about the nation’s financial stability…The Bureau of Land Management has raised fees for two popular campsites along the Gold Belt Scenic Byway.

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Bus operators, cities, and counties are receiving a financial boost after being awarded $14 million from the Colorado Transportation Commission…Lawmakers at the statehouse honored the 100th anniversary of the election of Colorado’s first female state senator.

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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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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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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Rubio, appearing on ABC’s This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · On CNN’s State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · So how does Santa know when you’re awake? Our audio holiday card (fictionally) tells you how the North Pole operates — amid office politics, ethical conundrums and hours of surveillance video.
 

December 21, 2014 | KUNC · The latest movie from filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne stars Marion Cotillard as a young mother who fights to keep from getting screwed over by her colleagues at work.
 

December 21, 2014 | NPR · Sony has canceled its new film, The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s leader. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Kevin Smith about writing controversial comedies.
 

Music

December 21, 2014 | NPR · In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
 

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December 21, 2014 | KCRW · The singer and guitarist revisits “Hi-Fi,” from his much-loved breakthrough album, Transistor Radio.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · If we’re being honest, there was no consensus in R&B this year. Too many things happened, and we missed some ground-hugging gems, even a couple made by legends. These are ten of those.
 

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