Tackling the issue of low water supplies and increasing demand will be a top priority for lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session. As part of our series on snow, Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland takes a look at some of the proposals being floated around and talks to state leaders about preparing for the worst.

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Colorado’s Senate minority leader Bill Cadman will be the only legislative leader returning to the same post when the session convenes January 9th. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to him about how he sees the session playing out and what’s on his agenda.

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Democratic state senator John Morse will take over as the next senate president in January. He previously served as the majority leader. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk about how he sees his new role and his hopes for the legislative session.

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State economists were in an optimistic mood yesterday, saying Colorado’s economy is performing better than the rest of the nation. As a result, lawmakers will also have more money to spend in next year’s budget than originally anticipated. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation remain on full snow shift across the state, and are expected to remain on hand through tomorrow morning. As of early afternoon, CDOT says Eastern Colorado is the trouble spot, with a number of closures.

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Colorado Springs is not along the route for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge cycling race. The city has hosted stages the past two years, but as with the rest of Southern Colorado, is not among the 2013 planned stages.

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Gun laws, marijuana reform, and oil and gas regulations will be just a few of the hot button issues that state lawmakers grapple with during the next legislative session. Governor John Hickenlooper and legislative leaders outlined their thoughts in a recent panel at the Colorado Press Association. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Hyped as the “Worlds Best Beer” by many, Westvleteran Xll will be available for a very short time.

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Lottery Influx

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The Colorado Lottery recorded its highest week of sales ever, thanks to the recent $550 million Power Ball jackpot.

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In our semi-regular sit down with Governor John Hickenlooper, he gives his take on statewide marijuana regulations, and explains why he doesn’t think the industry will be booming in the coming months. He also tells statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland why he’s not sold on a major overhaul to the state’s child welfare system in [...]

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Civil unions supporters in Colorado won big during last week’s election, successfully targeting and ousting three Republican lawmakers over their opposition to civil unions. And as Bente Birkeland reports, many in the GOP feel the issue contributed to their losses.

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Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republicans had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the House of Representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.

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Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 yesterday, which legalizes small amounts of marijuana. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the amendment may have unintended consequences.

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Going into Election Day, Republicans in Colorado hold a 2-point lead in early voting. The trend marks a contrast from the presidential election of four years ago when Democrats had the early voting edge. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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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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For the first time in years, the upcoming state budget will not be centered on making deep cuts. Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled his budget proposal today. It doesn’t include any major cuts and instead asks lawmakers for more money for education and economic development projects. State employees would also see a pay raise. Bente [...]

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Not only is Colorado a key swing state in the presidential election, this fall voters will also be deciding on a host of other races and issues. For instance, down ticket candidates will determine the makeup of the state legislature, and voters will also decide whether or not to legalize marijuana. Bente Birkeland talks [...]

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100,000 Coloradans have medical marijuana licenses now. Still, even though more patients can legally buy pot, arrests are UP by 7%.

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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 Citizens Project hosted a voter forum for Colorado Springs area residents this week, featuring discussions from state legislative candidates, commissioner candidates, and about ballot initiatives Amendment 64 and Amendment 65.

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Funds given to four middle schools have been suspended due to poor test scores.

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It’s undoubtedly election season, and for anyone who turns on the television that means being bombarded with political ads and information. Now imagine those ads coming from candidates you can’t even vote for. That’s the case for some people in southwest Colorado who can only get television from New Mexico. As Bente Birkeland reports, [...]

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn’t working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must “make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet.”
 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · The so-called Islamic State is endlessly creative in trying to get young men and women to leave home to Syria and Iraq. It’s something the next president will have to wrestle with from Day 1.
 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania appeals to his party’s social conservatives. Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, but this time around he faces a crowded Republican field.
 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · For this final round, every answer contains an article of clothing or wardrobe accessory. So if we said, “colorful wasps sometimes mistaken for bees,” the answer would be “yellow jackets.”
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · We all remember Clint Eastwood’s character Dirty Harry and his famous line, “Go ahead, make my day.” In this game, contestants deliver that line… Ask Me Another-style. So go ahead, make our pâté.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · It’s hard to keep a good rock band together; you’re always losing members. In this game, we take the names of famous bands and drop a letter to make a whole new band.
 

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May 27, 2015 | NPR · The titanic 85-year-old jazz saxophonist and composer says two much younger musicians had no right to release a recording with him.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel update listeners on our crowdsourcing music project, the All Things Considered Road Trip Playlist. NPR has received nearly 2,000 song suggestions, and on Wednesday shares some of the most literal picks — songs that are all about the feeling and adventure of hitting the road.
 

May 27, 2015 | NPR · Memphis paid tribute Wednesday to blues great B.B. King. Music and a parade along the famous Beale Street comes ahead of King’s funeral this weekend in his native Mississippi.
 

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