As George Benson and the late Whitney Houston each sang, the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. But it may seem like our children these days are faced with more challenges than ever before. This month, we’re taking a look at the issues kids face, ranging [...]

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A bill that would allow children of active duty military members to pay lower rates than out of state students has widespread bi-partisan support in the Colorado legislature…A state house committee has approved 8-5 a proposal that aims to ban trans fats in school cafeterias and vending machines by 2013.

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Dentists are warning pregnant women to take care of their teeth, for the sake of their babies. Pregnant women with cavities and gum disease have an increased risk of having premature and low-birth weight babies. They also have a good chance of passing on their bacteria and bad habits to their children….

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A bill to ban trans fats in public schools initially cleared the state senate yesterday. The ban is more stringent than proposals in other states because it goes beyond the lunchroom. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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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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A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read initially cleared the State House of Representatives today. The measure was divisive for Democratic lawmakers, with some arguing it won’t help children succeed academically. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read passed a house committee earlier this week on a vote of 10-3. In an unusual move, Governor John Hickenlooper personally testified in support of the bill, but as Bente Birkeland reports, it still faces strong opposition from some in [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to tweak an unusual state law that banned local governments from investing in federal securities…and, it wasn’t a typical day on the floor of the state senate today. As part of the annual “Girls with Goals” day, every lawmaker had a fifth grader shadowing his or her [...]

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El Paso County Health plans to relocate its Montebello and Lake Plaza Women, Infants, and Children centers to the department’s main location on Garden of the Gods Road…Colorado 4-year-olds will have the opportunity to all read the same book through the “One Book 4 Colorado” initiative announced today by Lt. Governor Joe Garcia…and, An [...]

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The Colorado Department of Human Services is asking state lawmakers to help the agency become more transparent and accountable to the public. The head of the department testified before lawmakers yesterday about the number of children who die after having contact with the child welfare system. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill that would crack down on junk food in Colorado schools cleared its first hurdle at the statehouse late last week. The measure would ban trans fats in public schools, and as Bente Birkeland reports, it goes farther than bans in other states.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a bill implementing new teacher tenure rules…A federal court judge is being asked to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of lawmakers who want him throw out Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights…and, El Paso County officials have put together a community task force to address a high number [...]

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As the economy continues to sputter, more people are finding they need assistance making ends meet. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the programs, organizations, and issues facing the Pikes Peak region with a look at social services.

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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 John Hickenlooper is backing off plans to privatize the state chartered worker’s compensation agency…A Colorado House committee expected to take on a proposal aimed at trans fats in schools has delayed discussion without explanation…and, a major winter storm is spreading across Colorado, bringing warnings of heavy snow across the state and blizzards on [...]

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A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with the alleged murder of a fellow soldier found in her barracks in early January…Students at Trinidad High School staged a protest today as around 200 of them walked out of class for about 45 minutes…and, a Democratic bill that would pump money into universities to market [...]

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State lawmakers are planning to debate the controversial topic of illegal immigration and education this week. On the table is a bill that would give undocumented students who graduate from Colorado high schools in-state tuition. While two previous attempts have failed, each time the measure gets one step closer to passing the legislature. Bente [...]

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The federal government is cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado for the first time, today ordering 23 dispensaries near schools to shut down within 45 days or face criminal prosecution and seizure of their property.U.S. Attorney John Walsh sent warning letters to the unidentified dispensaries and said in a news release that many are closer than 1,000 feet to K-12 campuses.

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A 21-year old man facing disciplinary actions locked himself inside the Deployment Processing Building at Shreiver Air Force Base this morning with a handgun, prompting evacuations. Spokeswoman 2nd LT. Marie Densen says that building is outside of a restricted area and is where people go for briefings and to pick up gear before deployment. [...]

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Colorado’s chief justice has issued a directive requiring free interpreters for all court proceedings….and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall is among a handful of senators joining a video campaign aimed at reassuring bullied gay teenagers that life will get better for them.

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Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed his first bill yesterday. The measure would’ve required monthly premiums for certain families enrolled in a healthcare program for low income children. But Republicans are criticizing the Governor for failing to reign in the entitlement program. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has vetoed a bill requiring parents to contribute more to a health insurance plan for low-income children…and, Democratic state house minority leader Sal Pace is running for congress in Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.

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The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control suggest on average, one out of 110 kids have some degree of autism. Last summer, a state law took effect that shifts the high cost of care from parents to health insurers. Carol McKinley of Colorado Public News checks in on what the [...]

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News

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to thousands of deaths and a maelstrom of misinformation. Here’s a primer on what you need to know about the virus and the response to it.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · The Pew Research Center’s first study on online harassment shows it happens to most of us. But gender disparities are starkest in online gaming.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · The gynecological surgeon’s Panzi Hospital in eastern DRC has treated thousands of women who were victims of rape.
 

Arts & Life

October 22, 2014 | NPR · Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it’s announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.
 

Orbit
October 22, 2014 | NPR · Greg Bear’s latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of “Skyrines” (Sky marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.
 

Music

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October 22, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · Wallace Roney presents the lost large-ensemble works of Wayne Shorter, originally written for Miles Davis in the 1960s. Plus, music from Detroit native Regina Carter leads things off.
 

October 22, 2014 | NPR · A single for Taylor Swift’s upcoming album came out on iTunes in Canada Tuesday. But it was only a few seconds of white noise, likely a technical glitch. The track shot to No. 1 on the charts.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · Now that Taylor Swift has left Nashville behind, a handful of other up-and-coming stars are showing how country crosses over with other genres — and hoping for success that does the same.
 

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