Concerns are growing about a controversial federal immigration program aimed at deporting violent illegal immigrants…and, more than 1000 cadets graduated from the Air Force Academy today.

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Lawmakers in the state senate are set to take a final vote on whether illegal immigrants can receive in-state college tuition. The vote could come as early as today. The measure failed in the Democratic controlled senate two years ago, but it appears poised to pass the chamber this time around. Bente Birkeland reports.

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A bill that aims to entice Colorado’s counties to participate in a controversial federal immigration program is making its way through the Republican controlled house. Opponents say the measure is unnecessary and will do more harm than good. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would punish local communities who opt out of the federal immigration program, known as secure communities…and, a study of the financial impact of activities managed by the Bureau of Land Management says Colorado gained $3.68 billion in direct economic benefits from minerals development in fiscal [...]

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Sponsors of a bill to give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools in-state college tuition are delaying the measure as they try to drum up support. The controversial bill is expected to pass the Democratic controlled senate, but getting it through the house will be a tougher challenge. Bente (BEN tuh) Birkeland [...]

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A bill that would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay in-state college tuition cleared the Democratic controlled senate education committee on a party line vote yesterday. The committee room was packed, and an opponent of the controversial bill even asked that all non-citizens be removed from the hearing room. Bente Birkeland [...]

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One of the more controversial bills introduced in the state’s legislative session is scheduled to die before it even gets a hearing. A Republican house member says he plans to kill his own bill that would have adopted an Arizona style immigration law. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Democratic state lawmakers are resurrecting a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in state college tuition. The measure failed two years ago in the Democratic controlled senate, but a new lawmaker is hoping for a different outcome this time around. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The state senate will debate a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition…Federal officials have completed a draft environmental assessment of the potential effects of planting Roundup Ready crops on land in the National Wildlife Refuge System, including land in Colorado.

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State Republican lawmakers held a summit on illegal immigration at the state capitol yesterday. The goal is to make sure the issue stays at the top of the agenda when the legislature convenes in January. Bente Birkeland has more.

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A state legislator has taken the first steps toward introducing a bill similar to Arizona’s law aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration..and, Revamping student assessments, rewarding the most effective teachers and principals, and bringing broadband to rural schools are just a few of the education policy goals Democrat John Hickenlooper unveiled today.

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Governor Bill Ritter is weighing whether Colorado will become part of a new federal program aimed at deporting illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes. Ritter says he’s still talking to federal immigration officials and trying to address some concerns. As Bente Birkeland reports, law enforcement agencies in the state have mixed feelings about moving forward.

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About 100 people are marching from the Colorado state capitol to the federal courts in downtown Denver to call for changes in the country’s immigration laws…Dave Munger, a retired small businessman in Colorado Springs, and the current president of the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, says he’s entering the race for mayor, according to the [...]

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Executives from three oil-drilling companies are testifying on Capitol Hill this week, and Senator Mark Udall (CO-D) says more has to be done to study deep water oil drilling…State regulators have issued a $2.5 million fine against a Colorado Springs business that claimed it could help immigrants obtain and complete their immigration forms…and, a bill [...]

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A new law banning texting while driving takes effect tomorrow…An Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency office opens in Colorado Springs…and, the head of Colorado’s Republican Party is asking Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman to explain alleged threats to Governor Bill Ritter during his 2006 campaign.

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Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet looks for improving the newest version of the health care reform bill…Colorado Springs is set to get its first Immigration and Customs Enforcement office…and, Jeanne-Claude, half of the Christo and Jeanne-Claude artistic team planning to suspend fabric over the Arkansas River, has died.

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As the debate over health-care reform heats up this summer, one point of contention is the coverage of immigrants – those here both legally and illegally. Manuel Quinones reports from Washington.

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After an emotion filled debate, state lawmakers defeated a bill that that would have allowed illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition. Five Democrats joined with Republicans to kill the bill on the senate floor on Monday. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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A bill that would give illegal immigrants in-state college tuition passed out of the senate appropriations committee early Wednesday morning over objections from Republicans who say Democrats rushed it through. The measure was expected to fail in the appropriations committee, but one Republican lawmaker was absent during the vote. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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After hours of testimony from supporters and opponents, a bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition cleared it’s first hurdle on Thursday, passing the Senate Education Committee on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive in state college tuition gets its first hearing at the state capitol later today. The bill’s Democratic sponsor Chris Romer has tried to soften the measure in an effort to gain support from members of his own party. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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