The end of the state’s legislative session is just around the corner and several big issues will be decided in the final few days. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the agenda, and what items could be headed for the chopping block.

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Colorado Republicans will head to the national convention this summer with delegates split between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about why some members of the GOP are not coalescing around their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, and what it could mean come November.

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The state budget cleared the House last week with near unanimous support. The state Senate will now take up the budget bill. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters as part about why this budget is so well-liked, and what makes it unusual.

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This month in our Q &A with Governor John Hickenlooper, he discusses what he hopes to change about the state budget currently moving through the legislature. He also explains his support for a controversial bill that would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay less than out of state tuition, but […]

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During the legislative session, there’s been a host of bills on criminal justice. Many of these measures are controversial and have sparked heated debates. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to capitol reporters about reforms to the justice system.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and joining me is Kimberly Henry, who manages the Army Substance Abuse Program at Fort Carson. I began by asking her to put alcohol abuse by soldiers into perspective.

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State lawmakers are scheduled to introduce next year’s budget on Wednesday. It funds everything from schools to roads to prisons, and has been at the center of tense negotiations. As part of our Capitol Conversation series Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the politics involved.

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

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State lawmakers have introduced a bill to overhaul and revise the Colorado’s telecommunications law. The measure is scheduled for its first hearing at the capitol today. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the background and why there’s powerful opposition.

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The state’s legislative session is half over, and leaders in both parties are taking stock of where things stand. Not surprisingly Republicans and Democrats have very different takes on how well the session is progressing. Bente Birkeland discusses it as part of our capitol conversation series.

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The state’s annual legislative session is never dull, and this year several unexpected topics have dominated the news cycle. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland discusses the top stories so far.

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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Rick Steves, famous for his public broadcasting Europe through the Backdoor programming, places Europe on the back burner as he sets his sights on the United States over the next month. Steves is taking a road trip from Seattle to Florida, visiting 20 cities in 20 […]

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State lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to increase the daily expense rate for legislators who live outside Denver. Every non-metro area lawmaker could get nearly 4 thousand additional dollars each year. Legislative leaders from both parties back the plan. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse […]

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State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland recently sat down with Governor John Hickenlooper to talk about the state’s legislative session and some of his top priorities. It’s part of our ongoing monthly chats with the Governor.

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A federal judge is weighing whether a lawsuit against the Tax Payers Bill of Rights should move forward. Plaintiffs are suing the state, and say TABOR violates the U.S. Constitution because it strips the state legislature of its power to tax. But Colorado is defending TABOR and filed a motion asking the judge to […]

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Rick Santorum upended Colorado’s political establishment by winning the Republican caucus, beating frontrunner Mitt Romney. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland examines what it says about Republican politics and the mood of voters.

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The drama surrounding Republican representative Laura Bradford’s suspected drunk driving incident has dominated life under the state capitol’s gold dome for about a week. Bradford is now threatening to leave the Republican Party, which would put the GOP’s control of the statehouse in the balance. As part of our capitol conversation series Bente Birkeland […]

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As the economy continues to sputter, more people are finding they need assistance making ends meet. This month, we’re taking a look at some of the programs, organizations, and issues facing the Pikes Peak region with a look at social services.

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control. Joining me this month to talk about heart health is Colonel Robert Rudolphi, a general internist at Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson.

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President Barack Obama recently made his third trip to the Centennial State in the last four months. Colorado is expected to be a key swing state in the general election. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland sat down with reporters to talk about the event and Colorado’s role in the presidential […]

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State lawmakers are more than a week into the legislative session and election year politics are already starting to flare up under the gold dome. Several members of the state legislature are running for Congress, which doesn’t make things any easier, and substantial bills are starting to get scheduled for their first hearings. Bente […]

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In 1983, local artist Clarence Shivers was commissioned by the Miller Brewing Company to illustrate its annual calendar celebrating the accomplishments of civil rights luminaries. We asked his wife Peggy to talk to us about the portraits. In the slide show above, Peggy takes a look back at the time in the 1980s […]

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · According to a new study, only a third of blacks and nearly three-quarters of whites say police in their communities do an excellent or good using appropriate force.
 

September 29, 2016 | NPR · It’s been eight months since Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, leaving the Supreme Court short-handed and its future up for grabs in the presidential race.
 

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · A film about the voluble Danny Fields, a music industry executive who managed the Ramones from 1975 to 1980, manages to be “candid yet unrevealing.”
 

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · A Swedish curmudgeon slowly comes to accept the help of his neighbors in this familiar, crowd-pleasing film shot through with bracing moments of dark comedy.
 

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · Director Peter Berg’s movie about the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ratchets up the cinematic tension, but quickly devolves into rote disaster-movie clichés.
 

Music

Mountain Stage
September 29, 2016 | NPR · The band, led by singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, performs live in West Virginia.
 

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · The latest album by musician Roberto Lange mixes his unmistakable keyboard sounds with stripped-down dance beats and lyrics waiting to be assigned a narrative from your own life.
 

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September 29, 2016 | NPR · A three-disc set, due out Dec. 2, features highlights from her 2014 concert series at London’s Hammersmith Apollo theater. It was her first set of live performances in 35 years.
 

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