With the pending sequestration comes across the board government cuts, but many entities are already feeling the heat, including the Department of Defense. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor has more on what that means for some local military establishments.

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After skipping out last year, Representative Lamborn chooses to attend the State of the Union tonight…

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Two children have died from flu in Colorado, one in El Paso County…El Paso County Commissioners gave final approval to an ordinance that bans recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas of the county…Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing is now completely employee owned.

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The El Paso County Department of Human Services is changing its practice to try and reduce the number of young people in care outside the home, or congregate care. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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Requests for concealed handgun permits have been flooding into the El Paso County Sheriff’s office since Friday.

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The El Paso County board of commissioners today gave initial approval to an ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated parts of the county. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports.

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As the state wrestles with how to regulate recreational pot use, El Paso County commissioners plan to consider a ban on commercial marijuana when they meet tomorrow.

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Six community meetings will address a series of recommendations including, redrawing school boundaries and repurposing buildings.

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Voters across the country took part in election night watch parties yesterday, and El Paso County was no exception. KRCC reporters attended the Democratic and Republican gatherings in the county, and this report starts with Kate Dunn, who spent the evening with the El Paso County Republicans.

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Southern Colorado’s Congressmen are re-elected…County-wide measures in El Paso County pass…and more results.

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Election Day is still several days away, but thousands of southern Colorado voters have already cast their ballots. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, officials in El Paso and Pueblo Counties say early voting has gone smoothly so far.

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With the election now only one week away, nearly a quarter of Colorado voters have already cast their ballots…Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has announced the formation of what he’s calling the Pension Solutions Team…El Paso County Health officials are reporting the first hospitalized flu patients this season…The National Wildlife Federation recently released the results of their Hunters and Anglers survey…and, more.

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The Wetmore Fire is 100% contained as of this afternoon…El Paso County Health officials are reporting the first hospitalized flu patients this season…Hurricane Sandy may be thousands of miles away from Colorado, but it has led to flight cancellations.

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Though the presidential race is the big news item this election year, voters in El Paso County will also consider two tax measures that could have a significant impact on the Pikes Peak region. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports.

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Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire….Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Protection District may not be able to accept a FEMA grant recently awarded to the department.

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Grant stipulations, and a mill levy complicate the issue…

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El Paso County Disaster Recovery Center to Open 9am Saturday June 30

Colorado Springs, CO, June 29, 2012 – El Paso County will open a Disaster Recovery Center designed to bring together the resources of multiple non-profit and governmental agencies offering assistance to all El Paso County residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon fire. The […]

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A seemingly innocuous bill under consideration at the state house lead to a heated spat between Republican leaders and Democrat Sal Pace who is running for Congress…El Paso County could see drilling in the region by mid-March, according to the Gazette.

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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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A Republican bill aimed at cutting Medicaid costs failed along party lines in a state senate committee today…and, El Paso County commissioners voted 3-2 yesterday to approve rules addressing impacts of oil and gas drilling.

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El Paso County health officials say there’s been a sharp increase in gastrointestinal illness in the region since the beginning of December, and say it’s likely due to an infection caused by norovirus…and, Earthquakes continue to crop up along the Colorado-New Mexico border.

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear a challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul. Colorado is one of 26 states that filed a challenge to the law…and, El Paso County health officials are reporting a child is the first hospitalization this season due to the flu.

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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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