A group of sheriffs aiming to overturn new gun laws are happy with language they say clears up confusion. Yesterday, attorneys for the two sides came to an agreement on the measure that limits magazine rounds to fifteen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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A lawsuit filed by more than 50 Colorado sheriffs challenging two new gun laws is scheduled to go in front of a judge today. The laws went into effect July 1st. Now, an attorney representing the sheriffs is asking for the parts of the law setting limits on gun magazines be put on hold. […]

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The high court is considering challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a voter-backed law banning gay marriage in California. The outcome of the two cases could shape the future of same-sex marriage in the country.

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President Obama says federal judges have been “overseeing” the recently exposed government surveillance programs. But few, if any, experts in the Bush or Obama administrations believe that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has the enforcement teeth it once had.

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More residents under mandatory evacuation orders due to the Black Forest Fire were able to return home today and Incident Commander Rich Harvey declared the blaze 75% contained. As KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, even as thousands return home, the number of burglaries reported remains at four.

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The news that the nation’s spy agencies have been collecting phone records has been followed by word that they’re also gathering up reams of information from the servers of major Internet and tech companies.

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A court order has allowed the National Security Agency to collect data on millions of Verizon customers’ phone calls. Some lawmakers and privacy advocates have expressed concern about government overreach. The White House is defending the practice.

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Federal prisoners can request compassionate release if they are terminally ill, but a recent investigation found that many die while their requests drift through the system. Now, prison leaders say they will simplify the approval process and start tracking requests electronically.

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An Indiana farmer bought soybeans that he knew likely included some with genetic modifications developed by Monsanto. The agribusiness giant sued because it controls the patent on such soybeans. The Supreme Court says the farmer infringed on Monsanto’s legal rights.

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A bill to compensate Coloradans who are wrongfully imprisoned initially cleared the house yesterday with widespread bipartisan support. As Bente Birkeland reports, the measure was brought forward because of one particular case.

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A bill to repeal Colorado’s death penalty died in a committee hearing over concerns that Governor John Hickenlooper would veto the bill. Last week the Governor told Democratic lawmakers he had serious reservations about the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Democratic sponsors of a bill to repeal the death penalty say they still plan to move the measure through the state legislature, despite concerns from Governor John Hickenlooper. The Denver Post reported that the Governor is hinting at a veto should it reach his desk. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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One of the most controversial Democratic gun bills at the statehouse is heading to the Governor for his signature. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Supreme Court heard arguments on an historic education funding case Thursday. Parents and several school districts have sued the state for failing to offer a uniform and thorough education system and not putting enough money into schools. A lower court agreed with the plaintiffs and now a final decision rests with the […]

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A prolonged lawsuit over how the state funds education went before the Colorado Supreme Court yesterday. Parents and several school districts sued the state for failing to offer a uniform and thorough education system and inadequately funding public schools. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this morning in a prolonged lawsuit aimed at trying to fix how the state funds education. The state is appealing a trial court decision that said funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The New York-based Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, or TLDEF is filing a complaint with the Colorado Division of Civil Rights against Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year…Democratic Congressman Jared Polis has introduced a bill in the House to end prohibition of marijuana at the federal level…Pueblo’s City Council is considering a proposal that would allow Fort Carson’s HAMET program, or High Altitude Mountain Environment Training, to rent space at the Pueblo Memorial Airport.

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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Association has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a fracking ban approved by Longmont voters. COGA says the ban illegally prohibits the ‘safe and responsible development of oil and gas.’ Earlier this month the state decided against filing a similar lawsuit, but says it supports the action taken by […]

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A federal district court judge has issued a preliminary injunction against Colorado Springs’ new panhandling ordinance. The rules were set to go into effect tomorrow. The city passed the ordinance in late November on a vote of 8-1, prompting a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU.

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President Barack Obama told ABC news today that he won’t make it a top priority to go after Colorado and Washington state for legalizing marijuana. But as statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland reports, the announcement still leaves many unanswered questions in Colorado.

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The state audit committee is the latest group to look into whether Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler misused public funds. The bi-partisan committee voted unanimously today to move forward with an initial investigation. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · Police say they responded to a 911 call from someone who said he had opened fire in a SunTrust bank in Sebring, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · At first the teachers were skeptical, but after two weeks they joined in “because the music is full of energy … it really gets the happiness flowing,” Zhang Pengfei told a local newspaper.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the committee’s chairman, said the White House appeared “to have disregarded established procedures for safeguarding classified information” — and he wants to know more.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · The Lithuanian-born director, poet, archivist and critic, who died Wednesday, not only made dozens of experimental films — he helped carve a place for countless other filmmakers to do the same.
 

January 23, 2019 | FA · Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast Ear Hustle when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods’ sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life behind bars.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · For many, Afghanistan does not at first conjure up images of black bears and musk deer. But that’s just what Alex Dehgan found when his team went there in hope of establishing the first national park.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · Yo-Yo Ma, the world’s most famous living cellist, performed formally and informally in Mumbai this week, part of a long-term project to play Bach’s six suites for cello in 36 places around the world.
 

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January 23, 2019 | NPR · This week’s Alt.Latino playlist stretches the boundaries of the conventional. These genre-bending tracks celebrate female prowess, camaraderie and an artist’s destiny.
 

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January 23, 2019 | WXPN-FM · Recommended by locals, Martha Ffion treated World Cafe to songs from her debut full length album, Sunday Best.
 

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