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 days to spread his enthusiasm for international travel. [...]

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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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News

August 22, 2014 | NPR · A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there’s also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the “dread factor.”
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The BBC will soon air its first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the show’s hero, The Doctor. Capaldi tells NPR TV critic Eric Deggans the 50-year-old series inspired him to become an actor.
 

Arts & Life

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Also: How to tell you’re in a Balzac novel; Ernest Hemingway’s letters.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Comics critic Etelka Lehoczky says the wildly discordant art styles in a new graphic novel compilation of World War I poetry work to illuminate the emotional chaos of soldiers on the Western Front.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the “dread factor.”
 

Music

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August 21, 2014 | WXPN · Writer and radio personality Catalina Maria Johnson explores a musical movement in Argentina. She first heard the music through visual arts and describes it as ecological, spiritual and organic.
 

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August 21, 2014 | WXPN · The bassist, singer and songwriter performs music from her new album (Comet, Come To Me) and discusses how Nina Simone’s work influences her own.
 

August 21, 2014 | NPR · Before Ponty came to the States, he already had his concept. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the digital reissue of Sunday Walk.
 

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