The need for drugs and alcohol–or for money to buy them–can drive addicts to robbery, domestic violence, and other crimes. Many people consider jail time the best way to keep them from committing more crimes. But a court program that’s used throughout Colorado, including Front Range cities such as Colorado Springs and Boulder, is proving […]

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Colorado lawmakers are debating a bill that would punish people who kill a fetus while committing another crime, but opponents say it’s an attempt to pave the way for a ban on abortion…and, the Army has released an environmental assessment of a new plan to accelerate the destruction of mustard agent at the […]

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The Colorado Springs City Administration Building was evacuated today after the police department received a bomb threat on the building…At least one potential buyer is bidding for one of two Colorado Springs police department helicopters grounded by budget cuts…The Colorado Supreme Court has granted Gov. Bill Ritter’s request to review campaign finance laws…and, several government […]

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Some Colorado lawmakers want to put an end to Gov. Bill Ritter’s fleet vehicle program and bar the use of state-owned vehicles for tax-free commuting unless it contributes to public safety…Prosecutors in southeastern Colorado say they won’t pursue charges against an ex-convict accused of making a threat against an Amtrak train…and, President Barack Obama will […]

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An Amtrak rider who alarmed fellow passengers in Colorado by talking about terrorist threats on a cell phone was pulled from the train in La Junta, and faces a felony charge of endangering public transportation…Gov. Bill Ritter is urging a group looking at water issues across the state to offer some ideas by the time […]

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An internal investigation reveals faulty blood-alcohol tests in Colorado Springs DUI cases…Most Coloradans have access to broadband internet, with large gaps in rural areas…and, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo gets a new bishop.

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Republican lawmakers question the prisoner release plan as a way to save money…and, taking an early look at the race for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.

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Colorado’s state government is creating a new set of trainings and standards aimed at preventing workplace violence and domestic violence. Governor Bill Ritter signed the executive order on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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The nation’s top law enforcement officials spoke to police officers from around the country in Denver on Monday. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano focused on how law enforcement shares and analyzes intelligence data. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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A court-martial panel convicts an Air Force Academy major of rape and other sex crimes…Colorado Springs Councilman Jerry Heimlicher steps down, the Gazette reports…Great Sand Dunes National Park will be featured on a new quarter…and, another Republican looks into joining the bid to challenge Democratic Senator Michael Bennet.

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U.S. forest officials take a closer look at marijuana cultivation in Colorado’s national forests…a Colorado man is the latest to be charged with crimes associated with artifact looting…and Governor Bill Ritter orders state flags lowered to half-staff.

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Coloradans scored higher than the national average on the SAT college entrance exam…Organizers gather signatures seeking a ballot proposal on legal protections for human embryos…vandalism at the Colorado Democratic headquarters…and, more.

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Environmental groups rally at the state capitol…Interior Secretary Ken Salazar dedicates a new national conservation and wilderness area in the state…and, more.

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How Colorado shapes up in the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program…Antiques Roadshow visits the state capitol…and, more.

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A highway bill making its way through Congress, among other things, seeks to require DUI offenders to take breathalyzers before starting their cars…and, the BLM stays neutral when it comes to artists’ “Over the River” plans.

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Solar panels are expensive and increasingly in demand, and many communities are learning of their solar array’s value the hard way. In one Colorado town, thousands of dollars in panels recently disappeared from the roof of the Carbondale community rec center. KDNK’s Conrad Wilson reports for Rocky Mountain Community Radio on […]

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Police recovered solar panels stolen from the Carbondale Rec Center. The panels, worth 30,000 dollars, were found Monday in the back of a truck outside an apartment complex in Aspen. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KDNK, Conrad Wilson reports.

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Thirty solar panels were stolen off the roof of the Carbondale Rec Center over the Memorial Day Weekend–one of the two “greenest” buildings in the state. City officials estimate the panels are worth $30,000 dollars. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KDNK in Carbondale, Conrad Wilson reports.

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Anyone in Colorado arrested or charged with a felony will soon be required to give a DNA sample to law enforcement. Governor Ritter signed the bill into law on Thursday, saying it’s a tool that will help police solve more crimes. Critics argue it violates protections guaranteed in the 4th amendment against unreasonable searches and […]

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The death penalty in Colorado is not going anywhere. A measure to repeal it failed in the state senate by one vote, and that final vote followed a dramatic, heart felt debate. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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The state senate all but killed a measure to repeal Colorado’s death penalty yesterday. Five Democratic senators joined Republicans to radically change the bill at the last minute, but it still needs a final vote. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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Colorado’s death penalty is one step closer to being done away with. Members of the state veterans and military affairs committee passed a bill yesterday to eliminate the death penalty on a party line vote. The measure must still pass the appropriations committee before it could go to the full senate for further debate. Bente […]

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A bill that would require anyone arrested or charged with a felony to give a DNA sample to law enforcement cleared the state senate yesterday. The measure passed with wide support despite objections from several lawmakers who say it would violate protections guaranteed in the 4th amendment against unreasonable searches and seizures. Bente Birkeland reports […]

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