As a battleground state, all eyes have been on Colorado during this year’s presidential race. But the outcome of Tuesday’s election will dictate a lot more than who wins the Oval Office. It will also have a profound impact on local politics, including the possible reversal of a new court-ordered policy allowing guns on [...]

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

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For many parents and students in Colorado, this time of year marks new beginnings with schools ushering in a fresh school year. But one group of Colorado educators is already looking way beyond this school year. They’re helping create tests for future students meant to help them learn in a completely different way. Continue Reading

President Barack Obama finished out his campaign swing through the state with a stop in Colorado Springs this afternoon. He spoke for nearly 30 minutes, and touched on energy, the economy, and education. Mr. Obama called higher education an economic necessity, and called for tax reforms aimed at helping the middle class.

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Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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Sally Ride, the astronaut and physicist who sparked the spirit of inspiration in the nation when she became the first American woman to travel to space in 1983, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer, she was 61. Ride spent the last several years of her life dedicated to the pursuit of increasing the profile of math [...]

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The Colorado Attorney General’s office is expected to file its arguments against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that’s being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year…Forest officials are reminding people that the land within the burn area of the Waldo Canyon Fire is closed indefinitely.

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State lawmakers grilled Metro State College of Denver officials on its new tuition policy for undocumented immigrants yesterday. Republicans on the Joint Budget Committee are critical of the policy and say it goes against state law. The hearing comes just one day after the Attorney General said the school has no authority to do [...]

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The Springer Fire burning just miles away from Lake George is now at 10% containment…Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the Metropolitan State College of Denver does not have legal authority to create a discounted tuition category for undocumented immigrants…Colorado Springs plans to end the Front Range Express bus service that runs from the city up to Denver.

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Republican Attorney General John Suthers is investigating whether Metropolitan State College of Denver has the authority to create a new tuition category specifically for undocumented immigrants…Billionaire Louis Bacon plans to protect the rest of his vast landholdings in southern Colorado from development.

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2012 may only be half over, but education advocates are already proclaiming 2013 the year of the student. They announced the project today and say the goal is to engage the public about the danger of current cuts to K-12 schools and higher education. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Metropolitan State College of Denver has become the first school in Colorado to create a new tuition category specifically for undocumented immigrants who gradate from Colorado high schools. The tuition would be significantly lower than the out-of-state rate students currently pay. It mirrors a bill that failed in the state legislature. Bente Birkeland has [...]

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The Air Force has indefinitely delayed plans to fly low-altitude training missions over southern Colorado, the central Colorado mountains, and the Four Corners region…The Air Force Academy says up to 78 cadets cheated on an online test by accessing a website…Governor John Hickenlooper signed a new bill into law today that updates state workforce rules for the first time in 40 years.

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President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at today’s Air Force Academy graduation. It’s a tradition for the President to speak to one of the service academies each year. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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As George Benson and the late Whitney Houston each sang, the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. But it may seem like our children these days are faced with more challenges than ever before. This month, we’re taking a look at the issues kids face, ranging [...]

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A bill that would allow children of active duty military members to pay lower rates than out of state students has widespread bi-partisan support in the Colorado legislature…A state house committee has approved 8-5 a proposal that aims to ban trans fats in school cafeterias and vending machines by 2013.

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Republican state lawmakers defeated a bill to allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools to pay less than out of state tuition. It’s the second year in a row the measure has met this same fate, but proponents vow not to give up. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Republican controlled house education committee has passed a bill to let undocumented immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay less than out of state tuition. The controversial bill survived because one Republican lawmaker who had previously voted against it, now supports the concept. But as Bente Birkeland reports, the measure’s fate in [...]

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is seeking more than 3 million dollars from an emergency fund for city maintenance and departmental improvements…

University of Colorado regents have unanimously approved a 5 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students in Boulder next fall.

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The state Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876.

The Salida School District and LiveWell Chaffee County plan to begin a garden-to-cafeteria program for the districts’ three schools.

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A bill to ban trans fats in public schools initially cleared the state senate yesterday. The ban is more stringent than proposals in other states because it goes beyond the lunchroom. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Senate passed a bill today that would allow illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools to pay less than out of state tuition, but more than in-state. The measure passed on a party line vote, and Governor Hickenlooper recently weighed in with his support. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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Colorado’s four-year public colleges will soon be a rarity. That’s because most colleges don’t want to be colleges any more, and are asking the legislature to switch their names. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at the reasons behind the requests.

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · From Houston to Dallas and into Oklahoma torrential rains led to violent floods, which killed at least five and left 12 missing in Texas. The bad news? More rain is in the forecast.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it’s becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.
 

May 26, 2015 | NPR · The deal would make Charter Communications a significant rival to Comcast, which had also sought to buy Time Warner but it met regulatory objections.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Matt Pym’s funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it a “beautiful, triumphant miracle.”
 

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May 25, 2015 | NPR · “I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we’re not supposed to see,” says photographer David Jay. “And we need to see them because we created them.”
 

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May 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’ve never accused myself of being manly,” Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.
 

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May 26, 2015 | NPR · Each month for our series Heavy Rotation, public radio music stations name a favorite song. Carmel Holt of WFUV in New York talks about her choice: the song “Hard Time” by Swedish artist Seinabo Sey.
 

May 26, 2015 | NPR · Brandon Flowers is the frontman for the band the Killers, and he makes his own music in between albums his group puts out. David Greene talks to Flowers about his new solo album: “The Desired Effect.”
 

May 25, 2015 | NPR · A new anthology called In the Beginning chronicles the sound of Wes Montgomery, one of the most influential guitar players of all time, in his early years.
 

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