Jurors in Colorado Springs have convicted a woman accused in the death of a tow truck driver who was dragged by her vehicle…With the help of local hospitals, school districts, and other community players, the Pueblo Health Department has determined the health priorities they’d like to address over the next five years…and, Manitou Springs [...]

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Suspected stalkers are the targets of a piece of legislation scheduled for its first committee hearing at the state capitol today. It would strengthen the legal process for people suspected of stalking. The legislation stems from a case in Leadville where a schoolteacher was shot and killed by a stalker who lived next door. [...]

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Criminal libel is one of the oldest laws on Colorado’s books, dating back to the 1880s. But now one Republican lawmaker is trying to repeal the crime…and, new teacher tenure rules in Colorado await the governor’s signature before education officials implement four-tier ratings for educators.

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Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce was sentenced today for tax evasion…A bill that would give students college credit for life experiences has initially passed the Colorado House of Representatives…and, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for southern Colorado. The warning includes the northern and southern San Juan mountains.

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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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Officials with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment are acknowledging that the state has made significant overpayments for unemployment insurance benefits…Army investigators say a soldier found dead in her barracks at Fort Carson had been stabbed, but they haven’t yet released the official cause of death…and, Investigators say one propeller on a twin-engine [...]

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A former collections manager at the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs has pled guilty in federal court to stealing rare coins worth nearly one million dollars…and, Vestas Wind Systems is planning to lay off several thousand workers worldwide. While Colorado is largely spared from these cuts, more could come.

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The Army says it’s investigating the death of a soldier in a Fort Carson barracks as a homicide. Post officials say the soldier is a 28-year-old woman. She was found dead yesterday. No other information has been released…and, state legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle are pledging to put the bitter partisan [...]

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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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A suspected computer hacker arrested in Ft. Collins last week is out on bond. The 27 year old Colorado man was one of 16 people arrested nationwide. They’re accused of a cyber attack on PayPal and alleged to be part of the hacker group Anonymous. On the same day in Europe, officials arrested six [...]

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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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The U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Academy, and Fort Carson are on a higher alert status after the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death. It’s a precautionary measure…The Colorado Senate approved and sent to the House a measure repealing the unenforced crime of adultery…and, farmers who want to prepare and sell foods at home [...]

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A homeless hate crimes bill is making its way through the state senate. Supporters of the measure argue that homeless people are targets and crimes against them are particularly harmful…A train tanker that had been leaking hydrochloric acid in Colorado has been moved away from homes. The evacuated will remain out of their homes, [...]

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A bill that aims to entice Colorado’s counties to participate in a controversial federal immigration program is making its way through the Republican controlled house. Opponents say the measure is unnecessary and will do more harm than good. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Crews have contained a grass fire that was threatening buildings near Ellicott in El Paso County…Crews are beginning to remove rock from US 50 west of Cotopaxi, and aim to have the highway reopen by the weekend…Army officials say President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes $477 million for destroying obsolete chemical weapons stored in [...]

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Regulations for medical marijuana in Colorado could be the most detailed in the country as a rules committee wrapped up work today on hundreds of pages of policies regarding how shops operate…The U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting funding to help protect sage grouse and sage grouse habitat in 11 Western states, including Colorado…and, Colorado [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are considering ways to cut up to 1.1 billion dollars from the state budget…4th District Democratic Congresswoman Betsy Markey declined to show up at a planned debate with Republican challenger Cory Gardner, saying she will not participate in events unless two minor-party candidates are included…and, Loveland officials say they won’t replace a controversial [...]

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Colorado lawmakers, school officials, and children’s organizations gathered at the state capitol today for a rally opposing three tax-limit initiatives that are on the November ballot…and, The Otero County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for information regarding a break-in last week at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic site.

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Colorado will begin collecting DNA from those arrested for felonies beginning tomorrow…and, Congressman Jared Polis (D-2) introduces legislation to extend ‘Race to the Top’ program.

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Governor Bill Ritter may be forced to cut another $189 million from Colorado’s budget because of a sluggish economic recovery and lower-than-expected revenues…Congressman John Salazar (D) is asking the House of Representatives to establish a database listing awards earned by U.S. servicemen and women…and, a dissident Anglican church in Colorado says its pastor has agreed [...]

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Governor Bill Ritter is weighing whether Colorado will become part of a new federal program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes. Ritter says he’s still talking to federal immigration officials and trying to address some concerns. As Bente Birkeland reports, law enforcement agencies in the state have mixed feelings about moving forward.

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Governor Bill Ritter has announced his plans for closing a $60 million budget shortfall…An inmate convicted of attempted murder and other crimes is still on the loose after escaping from a maximum-security prison in Sterling last night…and, Ranchers from across the country plan to gather in Fort Collins later this month to talk about competition [...]

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott McInnis faces new plagiarism allegations just one day after issuing an apology for essays he claimed to write that contained passages written by someone else. The Denver Post reports that the new allegations concern part of a newspaper column McInnis wrote in 1994 that resembled a column [...]

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · The State Department says a delegation of diplomats will visit the island next month. The formal restoration of diplomatic ties is expected to be as easy as the two countries writing each other notes.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014′s biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

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