Colorado ski resorts are praising members of congress for passing a bill they say will boost summer tourism, create jobs, and expand outdoor activities for families. Democratic senator Mark Udall sponsored the bill. It would clarify which activities are allowed on National Forest Lands. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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State records show Colorado has spent more than $160 million on homeland security gear since the 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks….and, winter sports athletes went to Capitol Hill today to talk to lawmakers, saying Colorado stands to lose billions of dollars if Congress doesn’t do something about global warming.

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A federal review of Colorado’s Medicaid program found significant delays in determining applicants’ eligibility….and, two bear attacks in the Aspen backcountry over the weekend have wildlife officials warning people to be cautious as the area braces for roadside camping during this week’s bike race.

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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A bill that would remove federal protection for millions of acres of public land and open them up for development and off-road vehicles is facing opposition from the Obama administration…Nearly one in five Coloradans is obese, and that extra weight contributes to a number of serious illnesses. 400 state health leaders attending the Colorado [...]

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Restrictions to caves and abandoned mines on national forests and grasslands in five western states, including Colorado, have been extended for a year…and, millions of acres in Colorado are the subject of debate in Congress. The federal land is off limits for development, but that may be changing soon.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says extreme drought conditions continue to expand over southern Colorado…Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer says it’s a mystery why search teams have been unable to find two hikers who are missing on a trip…and, Colorado Springs City Council this week unanimously approved a decision to provide funding for reseeding [...]

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The fund that pays out unemployment benefits in Colorado has been in the red for the past year, but legislative economists say things are starting to turn around…Marathon Oil Company has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 over a fluid spill near Parachute…The Colorado state veterinarian says a horse virus that started showing up this [...]

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The Interior Department says it will work with Colorado on three water and land conservation projects…and, officials have closed the Baca County Fairgrounds as a precaution until further notice due to the recent outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus.

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall is joining with Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden in calling on President Obama’s administration to disclose how it interprets the Patriot Act, as an extension of the act nears a vote in Congress…A minor tornado has touched down near Lamar. There have been no immediate reports of damage…and, Rocky Mountain [...]

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers are challenging Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR…The Pike and San Isabel National Forest are experiencing heavy snow late in the season and a slow snow melt, which is impacting some opening dates for campgrounds…and, while some areas are concerned about flooding, others, like southeastern Colorado, need the rain.

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The final ballot count is in for the strong-mayor runoff election in Colorado Springs, and the rates barely budged from their initial posting last night. Steve Bach garnered about 57% of the total vote, with Richard Skorman receiving about 43%…The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Vestas with violations at its wind turbine [...]

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Energy Department officials say an energy producer has been offered a $90.6 million conditional commitment loan guarantee to help construct a solar generation project in southern Colorado…and, a bill that would have expanded the season for bear hunting has died with a whimper.

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An Air Force officer who was among nine Americans killed by an Afghan military pilot in Kabul was buried today at the Air Force Academy, where he taught foreign languages…Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn is taking aim at the Obama administration’s regulatory approach, blaming it for the country’s high gas prices…and, the Colorado Wildlife Commission [...]

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A bill to expand the state’s bear hunting season initially cleared the house on yesterday. The votes largely fell along party lines with most Republicans supporting the measure. Proponents say it will help wildlife officials manage the bear population; opponents say it’s not necessary. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to expand the state’s bear hunting season ignited a passionate debate from agriculture producers and animal rights groups yesterday. Proponents say it’ll help curb the growing bear population; opponents worry the measure could harm female bears and orphan cubs. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The senate president has delayed a bill that would merge two of the biggest divisions in the Department of Natural Resources, wildlife and parks. Governor John Hickenlooper came up with the idea saying the consolidation would save money and keep parks open in the face of budget cuts. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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An impairment standard for drivers using medical marijuana has won final approval in the Colorado House. The bill says drivers are impaired if they have a THC level of 5 nanograms or more per milliliter in their blood…Candidates for Colorado Springs mayor met last night at a public forum…and, the Colorado Division of Wildlife [...]

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Some state lawmakers and hunting and fishing groups aren’t sold on Governor John Hickenlooper’s idea to consolidate two of the biggest divisions in the Department of Natural Resources: wildlife and parks. Hickenlooper says the merger will save money and avoid future park closures, while opponents say it needs a closer look. Bente Birkeland has [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper plans to consolidate two of the biggest divisions in the Department of Natural Resources, wildlife and parks. The Governor’s office says the merger will help avoid park closures and higher state park fees. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The U.S. Forest Service says beetle-killed trees have been cut down from alongside more than 420 miles of roads and trails in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming this year…and, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is almost finished with its five-year review of fishing regulations.

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Members of a new river dispute task force hope to broker peace between landowners and rafters who float through stretches of private property. The issue came to a head during the last legislative session when a private developer near Crested Butte told two rafting companies they could no longer float along the Taylor River past [...]

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Another public face of the difficult budget crunch in the city is that of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site in Garden of the Gods. Site manager Andy Morris lives at the ranch, so KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin asked him to take us through a typical summer day.

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · If you’re giving nonperishables to a food pantry this year, skip the sodium-packed soups and focus on nutrient-dense foods, hunger advocates say. Some of them may be cheaper, too.
 

November 24, 2014 | NPR · More people will be driving and flying this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Gas isn’t the only thing that’s cheaper. Turkey is too, along with its companions, stuffing and cranberries.
 

November 24, 2014 | NPR · President Obama announced the defense secretary’s resignation Monday morning. Chuck Hagel clashed with White House adviser Susan Rice on Syria policy, and he never made it into Obama’s inner circle.
 

Arts & Life

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin’s books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an “elusive magic.”
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. “He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long,” says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.
 

HBO
November 23, 2014 | NPR · Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse DiDi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.
 

Music

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November 24, 2014 | WXPN · Greta Morgan writes concise, breezy pop songs, each wrapped in a warm layer of psychedelic fuzz.
 

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November 24, 2014 | WXPN · The duo performs three of its burbling electronic pop songs live in the studio.
 

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November 24, 2014 | NPR · Benatar and Giraldo run through three of their classic songs: 1979′s “We Live For Love,” 1984′s “We Belong” and, after a long and satisfying windup, 1981′s “Promises In The Dark.”
 

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