Colorado students scored slightly higher than the national average on a nationwide science test…and, State lawmakers are calling for bi-partisanship and cooperation this legislative session, but can’t seem to agree on whether they need it in writing.

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There’s generally less junk food available in schools these days. Vending machines offer healthier snacks, and lunchrooms are being encouraged to cook more nutritious meals. But research is showing that getting kids to eat healthier at school isn’t just about what they eat, but when. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney has more.

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Colorado is expected to nearly double in population by the year 2050, but the number of people living in eastern Colorado has been dwindling for decades. While some communities have managed to grow, many others are aging and have little new growth. This poses an ongoing challenge for local schools that are struggling to stay [...]

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A watchdog group that tracks campaign spending says Colorado’s Senate contest ranks second in elections attracting outside spending this year…and, the number of infants and children in proper car seats has declined in Colorado, according to a study released late last week by the state Department of Transportation.

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We all need to eat, and in this episode of Western Skies, we attempt to connect you with the people who produce our food. From community supported agriculture to traditional ranching, we’ve talked to people involved with this basic necessity, and bring you their stories.

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Military officials will discuss cleanup efforts at the site of a Black Hawk helicopter crash last year that killed four crew members on Colorado’s Mount Massive…The vice-chair of the American Constitution Party says he’s fine with former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo using the same platform as his GOP rival in the Colorado governor’s race…and, Governor [...]

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School may be out for the summer but the movement to lower childhood obesity rates, and get children to exercise and eat well is gaining momentum nationally and across Colorado. Advocates for healthier school lunches and farm to school programs say a shift in national policy is causing slow but significant changes in how schools [...]

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Colorado earned bragging rights yesterday, but not the good kind. The state has the fastest growing childhood poverty rate in the country for the third year in a row. The data was released in a new report from the non-partisan Colorado Children’s Campaign. Bente Birkeland takes a look behind the numbers.

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The state senate has initially cleared a bill that would create an ombudsman’s office to field complaints about Colorado’s child welfare system. Thirty five children linked to human service departments have died in the last three years. A final vote on the bill is expected in the coming days. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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The State Senate today passed a bill that would require children stay in booster seats in the back seat of cars until they turn 8 years old…State lawmakers are expressing concern that a new national focus on nuclear energy will allow uranium mines in Colorado to postpone cleanup of radioactive wastes…Las Animas County officials are [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are considering increasing oversight of its child welfare system following the deaths of 35 children under its care over the past three years…the University of Colorado regents are considering whether to raise tuition by 9 percent for in-state students and 5 percent for new out-of-state students…the union for mechanics at Frontier Airlines is [...]

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The state health department announced a plan this week to fight childhood obesity on a new front, one that might be a little bit surprising. As KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney explains, it involves…Happy Meals.

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The Colorado Senate has unanimously approved a bill to help auto dealers who are dropped by carmakers…The archbishop of Denver is defending a decision by a Catholic school in Colorado not to allow two children to continue as students because their parents are a lesbian couple…and, workers hiked up the side a canyon today to [...]

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Officials with Pueblo County school district 70 are considering going to a four-day school week, which could save up to $1.1 million a year…A new study from an environmental advocacy group says a bill in the state legislature that aims to increase renewable energy standards will create new jobs if approved, while critics question the [...]

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Lawmakers introduced a bill yesterday that aims to make it easier to file complaints against the state’s child welfare system, which cares for abused and neglected children. A task force studied the issue following the deaths of 13 children within the system in one year. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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State Senator Dave Schultheis (R) of Colorado Springs is proposing a religious bill of rights for public schools…Area travelers will soon be able to fly direct from Colorado Springs to Washington D.C., according to the Gazette…The number of background checks for firearms were up last year…and, researchers plan to launch an acoustic counter-attack against bark [...]

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Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien released a new report yesterday that aims to get more Colorado children outside to enjoy nature. It’s part of her Colorado Kids Outdoors Initiative. Bente Birkeland has more from the state house.

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An analysis finds a gap in disciplining students…and lawmakers seek creating jobs in Colorado’s creative industries.

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A winter weather advisory covers much of eastern Colorado…a new report shows says existing state policies will get Colorado to about only 40 percent of the way to its carbon-reduction goals…and, an audit shows students at a charter school got more time on state standardized tests.

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Colorado’s child welfare system is found to be out of compliance…Colorado State University’s Board of Governors votes to outlaw guns on the Ft. Collins and Pueblo campuses…and, Governor Bill Ritter and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson sign a memorandum of understanding to help protect wildlife.

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Songwriter and vocalist Peter Yarrow is perhaps most well-known for being one third of the popular folk music trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary. Born in New York City, Yarrow earned a degree in psychology from Cornell University, and in 1961, he teamed up with Mary Travers and Noel Paul Stookey to become one of the [...]

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Governor Bill Ritter warned educators today to brace for budget cuts in the state’s K through 12 system. Ritter made the comments while speaking to school districts from across the state at an event promoting health and nutrition. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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Dawn Corbelli teaches a class called “Family-to-Family,” which aims to provide information on mental illnesses, coping skills, and advocacy for family and friends of those dealing with mental illnesses. In this week’s “Citizen Report,” Dawn shares her personal motivation for taking on the classes: her story, and her daughter’s story.

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