Colorado lawmakers reached a breakthrough in the state budgeting process today. Budget writers stuck on whether to cut state agencies’ payrolls by 2 percent agreed to reduce the amount to 1 percent, with exemptions for specific departments…and, Falcon School District 49 is considering adding three new administrative positions.

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A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read initially cleared the State House of Representatives today. The measure was divisive for Democratic lawmakers, with some arguing it won’t help children succeed academically. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bipartisan bill that would recommend third graders repeat the grade if they can’t read passed a house committee earlier this week on a vote of 10-3. In an unusual move, Governor John Hickenlooper personally testified in support of the bill, but as Bente Birkeland reports, it still faces strong opposition from some in [...]

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An extension of a federal tax break for wind energy production and other alternative energy sources has failed in the Senate…and, a bill to give college credit for previous work experience initially passed the state senate today.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate continues to slowly decline…and, state senators debated the role of government today and whether or not Colorado should help universities better coordinate college degrees with vacant jobs.

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Despite the down economy putting the pinch on many businesses, the hospital industry in Colorado is doing well. A Colorado Public News examination found most hospitals are reporting healthy profits…The number of business complaints Colorado consumers are filing with the state attorney general’s office is rising…A cottage foods bill is on its way to [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to tweak an unusual state law that banned local governments from investing in federal securities…and, it wasn’t a typical day on the floor of the state senate today. As part of the annual “Girls with Goals” day, every lawmaker had a fifth grader shadowing his or her [...]

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The state senate cleared a bill today that would create a smart phone app for locally owned businesses…Colorado Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to allow businesses to use deadly force against suspected intruders…and, President Barack Obama will speak to graduating Air Force Academy cadets at the school’s commencement in May.

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Colorado Springs School District 11 is testing a propane-powered bus they’ve added into its fleet as part of an ongoing goal to focus on being greener…and, Chevron Corporation is giving up its oil shale lease in northwest Colorado to free up it’s resources for other priorities.

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El Paso County Health plans to relocate its Montebello and Lake Plaza Women, Infants, and Children centers to the department’s main location on Garden of the Gods Road…Colorado 4-year-olds will have the opportunity to all read the same book through the “One Book 4 Colorado” initiative announced today by Lt. Governor Joe Garcia…and, An [...]

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Pueblo Community College or PCC broke ground today on a project to expand its student center…and, El Paso County officials are seeking public input regarding proposed Highway 105 improvements.

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A bill that would crack down on junk food in Colorado schools cleared its first hurdle at the statehouse late last week. The measure would ban trans fats in public schools, and as Bente Birkeland reports, it goes farther than bans in other states.

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Colorado Springs Councilman Tim Leigh is seeking an investigation into the practices at city-owned Memorial Health System, according to the Gazette…The Colorado Senate moved a bill out of the education committee unanimously last week that would allow indigenous languages to be taught by experts of federally recognized tribes…and, The Defense Department says [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a bill implementing new teacher tenure rules…A federal court judge is being asked to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of lawmakers who want him throw out Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights…and, El Paso County officials have put together a community task force to address a high number [...]

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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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The state senate initially passed a measure today that would give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools lower tuition rates. The bill still needs a final vote in the senate before moving to the house. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado is one of the first states in the country to opt out of parts of No Child Left Behind…and, the Colorado House today gave initial approval to a measure that would give businesses the ability to use deadly force against suspected intruders.

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Full and part time online learning in K through 12 schools is the future say leaders in the education field. They briefed state lawmakers today, and say there are still many challenges to work out…and, Fort Carson is opening a new training center with equipment to train combat soldiers.

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Here’s a very faint glimmer of hope from the land of education funding. A report out this week from the Center on Education Policy says cuts to school budgets may be slowing in some places. Slowing. Not stopping.

In Colorado, cuts to education spending have gotten so bad the courts are now [...]

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Rick Santorum appeared to be the favored candidate in southeastern Colorado, as Republicans held their caucuses last night. State GOP officials called the race late last night, in favor of Santorum….The number of high school graduates requiring remedial classes has gone up by 11 percent since the previous year…Business groups in Colorado Springs and [...]

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The number of high school graduates requiring remedial classes has gone up by 11 percent since the previous year…and, Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have made last minute pushes for votes in time for tonight’s caucuses.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is backing off plans to privatize the state chartered worker’s compensation agency…A Colorado House committee expected to take on a proposal aimed at trans fats in schools has delayed discussion without explanation…and, a major winter storm is spreading across Colorado, bringing warnings of heavy snow across the state and blizzards on [...]

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