Governor John Hickenlooper weighed in on the state’s legislative session today, saying he’s pleased lawmakers came together on key issues. But as Bente Birkeland reports from the statehouse, the Governor acknowledges that some topics simply became too divisive for compromise…and, a group that runs ads aimed at curbing methamphetamine use in Colorado says a [...]

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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.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe [...]

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Officials say a lightning caused wildfire in southern Colorado has been contained and crews are now turning their attention to mop up and erosion control…The Colorado state legislature is trying to crack down on school bullying.

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Over the course of this past school year I’ve been working with a group of 4th and 5th graders in [...]

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Lawmakers in the state senate are set to take a final vote on whether illegal immigrants can receive in-state college tuition. The vote could come as early as today. The measure failed in the Democratic controlled senate two years ago, but it appears poised to pass the chamber this time around. Bente Birkeland reports.

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Education cuts are on the table once again in this year’s budgeting process. This month, we’re spending time taking a look at those cuts, and at education in general in Colorado.

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law today that aims to better train coaches to recognize concussions in middle school and high school athletes. The measure is named after 14-year-old Jake Snakenberg, a football player from Grandview High School. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Educators from across Colorado descended on the state capitol late last week to paint a stark reality of what the looming education cuts would mean for their schools and students. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A debate on a bill that aims to curb bullying in schools got personal when lawmakers shared their own stories of being bullied as children. The measure would set up grants to help schools tackle the problem. The house passed the measure on a voice vote yesterday. It still needs a final vote in [...]

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Education cuts continue to be a focal point as lawmakers gear up to debate next year’s budget later this month. Yesterday, education advocates delivered more than 5,000 signatures from parents and teachers to lawmakers. Education advocates say they want lawmakers to look beyond the numbers to the deeper impacts the cuts will have on [...]

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Education advocates delivered more than 5,000 signatures to state lawmakers today, trying to put a human face on the deep cuts proposed by the Governor…and, Firefighters have mostly contained a wildfire in the foothills west of Boulder.

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The state senate gave initial approval to a bill today that would require elementary school children in Colorado to have 30 minutes a day of physical activity…Religious tolerance will be the focus of a review at the Air Force Academy…and, a wildfire north of Boulder that’s prompted the evacuation of more than 200 homes [...]

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A new report from the non-profit Colorado Children’s Campaign paints a stark picture of the recession’s impact on children. The state’s childhood obesity rate is increasing; so is the rate of childhood poverty. But the report does point to some bright spots, such as fewer teens smoking or using marijuana and other drugs. Bente [...]

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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Mountainside Pterodactyl

An innovative collaboration at Mountainside Elementary on base at Fort Carson is helping bring disparate parts of the Colorado Springs community together to make art.

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A bill that would require daily recess or physical activity in Colorado elementary schools cleared a senate education committee today. It passed despite concerns from some lawmakers who thought the bill was too watered down, and others who worry it gives mandates to local school districts. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Medicinal pot brownies, lollipops, and other infused products are here to stay in Colorado. A Republican lawmaker introduced a bill to ban medical marijuana centers from selling infused products, but after facing opposition from the medical marijuana industry and lawmakers, she’s significantly changing the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The number of Colorado children abused or neglected has been growing…The Colorado House gave preliminary approval today to a bill that would allow the Colorado Film Commission to collect donations from moviegoers…and, A Colorado Democrat who says recent proposed cuts to education funding made him “sick” wants to ask voters this fall to raise [...]

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A bill that aims to better train coaches to recognize concussions in middle and high school students initially cleared the state senate yesterday. The National Football League is advocating for similar measures across the country in an effort to reduce serious injuries. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Public schools will likely bear the biggest brunt of the cuts if the Governor’s budget is approved by the legislature. Those cuts come at a time when many traditionally under-performing Colorado schools are starting to win praise for turning things around. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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The Colorado Department of Education says 72.4% of the class of 2010 graduated high school on time, which means within four years…A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a prayer luncheon at the Air Force Academy…and, the Mountain Metropolitan Transit service has replaced 30 passenger vans.

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Democratic state lawmakers are resurrecting a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in state college tuition. The measure failed two years ago in the Democratic controlled senate, but a new lawmaker is hoping for a different outcome this time around. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state senate will debate a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition…Federal officials have completed a draft environmental assessment of the potential effects of planting Roundup Ready crops on land in the National Wildlife Refuge System, including land in Colorado.

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