Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is getting his first bill of the year from the state legislature…Farmers in 10 eastern Colorado counties are eligible to apply for emergency loans and other help under a drought disaster designation…University of Colorado president Bruce Benson is defending raises for top administrators after tuition was raised for students…and, Republican [...]

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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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A measure that would give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools lower tuition rates has cleared its first hurdle at the state capitol. The bill passed the senate education committee on a party line vote on yesterday. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more on the emotional hearing.

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A proposal to allow students who are illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition came down to a party-line vote in committee today, with Democrats in favor and Republicans against…Colorado state health officials want to require flu vaccinations for nearly all hospital and nursing-home employees…and, federal officials are considering using wolves to control the number [...]

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Colorado’s colleges would have to work with labor experts to find out where jobs are under a bill that received unanimous bipartisan backing in a state House committee today…The next stage of renovations on Colorado’s capitol dome is right around the corner, and contractors are getting ready to place a protective, weatherproof wrap around [...]

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State lawmakers are planning to debate the controversial topic of illegal immigration and education this week. On the table is a bill that would give undocumented students who graduate from Colorado high schools in-state tuition. While two previous attempts have failed, each time the measure gets one step closer to passing the legislature. Bente [...]

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State education officials say a huge achievement gap still exists between low and higher income students and many K through 12 students struggle in science. But Colorado has made significant improvements in math scores…and, conservative Christian broadcaster James Dobson has endorsed Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination for president.

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Colorado is appealing a district court decision that says the state’s lack of funding for K-12 schools is unconstitutional…and, jurors deliberated for less than four hours before returning a guilty verdict against Douglas Bruce today.

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Colorado Springs City Council today reinstated four of Mayor Steve Bach’s six line item vetoes on the city’s 2012 budget…and, Governor John Hickenlooper says the state will likely appeal a recent district court decision calling the state’s underfunding of K-12 schools unconstitutional.

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Colorado’s attorney general and the governor are deciding whether to appeal a trial court decision that says state funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. While education advocates praise the decision saying it’s a wakeup call, many are also wondering what’s next and how the state can fix the problem. Bente [...]

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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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Educators consider third grade reading a barometer for success in school and for high school graduation rates. But nearly 30 percent of the state’s third graders are reading below average. Some in the state say those children should be held back a year…Nearly half of audited Colorado employers are not complying with a state [...]

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It’s news that no one wants to hear, but have come to expect. Governor John Hickenlooper says more budget cuts to education are needed to balance next year’s budget. As Bente Birkeland reports, the Governor is already expecting serious resistance to some of the proposals he outlined this week.

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Colorado voters overwhelmingly struck down Proposition 103. The measure would’ve temporarily increased sales and income taxes for public education. Proponents said the proposal would’ve helped restore deep education cuts and bring much needed money back into the classroom. Opponents argued that now was the wrong time to increase taxes. Bente Birkeland has more from [...]

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Governor Hickenlooper will release his proposed budget early next week and pretty much everyone is expecting more cuts to K-12 schools. That’s why many education leaders are in the midst of a late hour blitz pushing for the passage of Proposition 103. It would temporarily raise state sales and income taxes to help fund [...]

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As Election Day approaches, supporters of the only statewide ballot initiative are making their final pitch. Proposition 103 would increase sales and income taxes and earmark the money for public education…and, Governor John Hickenlooper has made his first appointment to Colorado’s Supreme Court.

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President Obama wrapped up his three-state western swing at the University of Colorado at Denver today, where he spoke to a crowd of mostly college students. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler has more on the president’s visit and his plan to give students more flexibility with their [...]

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Former President George W. Bush was in Denver today to push his education initiative to better train and recruit school principals…and, a federal judge has ordered the Department of Energy to stop approving exploration, mining and all other activities on 31 sites leased to uranium companies in southwestern Colorado.

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Colorado is beginning to roll out its new model to evaluate teachers and principals and change how teachers get and keep tenure. Fifteen school districts from across the state are part of a pilot project that will test the measurements. The issue has deeply divided state lawmakers and some Democrats worry it’ll end up [...]

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Colorado is poised to be one of the first states in the country to opt out of parts of No Child Left Behind. The federal law was meant to raise the bar for students and teachers, but people from across the political and education spectrum say it’s actually having the opposite effect. Bente Birkeland [...]

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The Colorado State University System Board of Governors voted unanimously this morning to select Lesley Di Mare as the next president of CSU-Pueblo…and, One of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in physics is Saul Perlmutter, who heads the Supernova Cosmology Project in California, and a Colorado College professor works on the project team.

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Colorado State University-Pueblo has a new president. The Colorado State University System Board of Governors chose Lesley Di Mare this morning in a unanimous vote. Currently, Di Mare is interim president and CEO of Nevada State College. Dr. Julio Leon has served as interim president of CSU-Pueblo since November of last year, when then [...]

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A new University of Denver study says getting the state out of the financial mess that it’s in will require a whole new way of thinking…Colorado Springs Police Chief Richard Myers is retiring…and, the president of Adams State College in Alamosa is rejecting an 11 percent raise because his employees have not had salary [...]

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · The 70-year-old actor is said to have suffered moderate trauma, when he crash-landed a vintage plane in a Los Angeles area golf course. He was taken to a hospital and he was reported to be conscious.
 

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · Sandra Arroyo Salgado, Alberto Nisman’s ex wife, commissioned an independent forensic investigation she says dismisses the possibility that his death was a suicide or an accident.
 

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March 5, 2015 | CPR · A Colorado program has allowed more than 30,000 women to get long-term contraception for free, lowering teen birth and abortion rates. Now lawmakers have to decide if it can qualify for state funding.
 

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · A new film follows daters ages 70 to 90 looking for love in five-minute intervals. “Speed dating for seniors” may sound funny, but The Age of Love is really about our lifelong need for intimacy.
 

March 5, 2015 | NPR · Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest recalls the plays and novels of Samuel Beckett. It’s a masterful blend of fantasy, Arthurian romance, myth, legend and postmodern absurdity — and it’s unforgettable.
 

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March 5, 2015 | NPR · The comedian wrote and stars in Fish in the Dark, a play about rivalries and dysfunction when a family patriarch dies. David says the idea came to his “twisted mind” when his friend’s dad passed away.
 

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March 5, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · For trumpeter and composer Igmar Thomas, much in contemporary music has clearly evolved from the jazz of eras past. It’s the insight behind his big band, which recently visited his alma mater.
 

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March 5, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein started working with the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, certain unique ideas — “Henryisms” — came to the fore.
 

March 5, 2015 | NPR · Eddie Henderson may never have quite gotten his due, but there’s still time to correct that.
 

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