Governor John Hickenlooper certified the election results of Amendment 64 today, which allows people 21 and over to grow and smoke small amounts of pot. As Bente Birkeland reports, the Governor also signed an executive order creating a marijuana task force to help state lawmakers craft new regulations.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has filed a federal lawsuit in Denver after the Colorado Springs City Council yesterday voted to approve a panhandling ban…While Washington lawmakers wrestle with the fiscal cliff, Colorado Senator Mark Udall continues to press fellow members of Congress for an extension of the Wind Production Tax Credit.

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A state task force is forming to iron out the challenges of new marijuana regulations. The group will meet before lawmakers convene in January for the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, has filed a federal lawsuit in Denver after the Colorado Springs City Council yesterday voted to approve a panhandling ban.

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Many of the hundreds of rape kits that Colorado police departments receive are never tested.

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Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 yesterday, which legalizes small amounts of marijuana. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the amendment may have unintended consequences.

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As a battleground state, all eyes have been on Colorado during this year’s presidential race. But the outcome of Tuesday’s election will dictate a lot more than who wins the Oval Office. It will also have a profound impact on local politics, including the possible reversal of a new court-ordered policy allowing guns on [...]

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Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana in Colorado faced off earlier this week during a two-hour debate. Colorado Christian University hosted the event. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The US Supreme Court will not hear an appeal challenging the federal roadless rule that bans mining, logging and other commercial development from some of the country’s most prized forests. The action announced yesterday is being praised by conservation groups and criticized by the mining industry.

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Supporters of the Personhood Amendment filed a lawsuit yesterday in Denver District court as part of a last minute attempt to get the measure on the November ballot…A recent report shows Colorado on track to more than double its obesity rate within 20 years…

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This November Colorado will be one of three states deciding whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of Amendment 64 have raised more than a million dollars for their campaign. But there’s also broad opposition to the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Supporters of the Personhood Amendment filed a lawsuit today in Denver District court as part of a last minute attempt to get the measure on the November ballot. As Bente Birkeland reports, the move follows a ruling from the secretary of state’s office that said backers failed to turn in enough valid signatures.

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Two former Governors joined with current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to kick off the ballot campaign to reform state personnel rules…The law enforcement team investigating the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused…Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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Full audio of press conference available inside: The law enforcement team looking into the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused. Seven different federal and local agencies are investigating the devastating fire that began in June. Colorado Springs Police Lieutenant Adrian Vasquez heads the team. He says there’s no person of interest yet.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.3 percent in July…

Estimates regarding the size of a marijuana bust in Pueblo County have turned out to be on the conservative side, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…Top cyclists in the world are preparing to compete in Colorado for the second annual USA Pro Challenge starting Monday.

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Citizens Project was created 20 years ago in response to Colorado’s Amendment 2 and the climate that made its passage possible. Executive Director Kristy Milligan came by to talk about the mission of the organization and a few of the many ways that Citizens Project has contributed to civilizing Colorado Springs.

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A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights or TABOR amendment can move forward…Today is the last day to register to vote for the Colorado Springs special election scheduled for late August…and, Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach have ordered all flags fly at half-staff tomorrow on public buildings in honor of Colorado Springs Police Officer Matthew Tyner, who was killed in the line of duty last week.

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Some politicians are already calling for stricter gun laws nationally in the wake of last week’s deadly shootings in Aurora, but several Colorado lawmakers say it’s still too soon to say what the policy impacts could be….and, the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation says the death of astronaut Sally Ride means the loss of a truly inspiring leader.

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Some politicians are already calling for stricter gun laws nationally in the wake of last week’s deadly shootings in Aurora, but several Colorado lawmakers say it’s still too soon to say what the policy impacts could be. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Attorney General’s office is expected to file its arguments against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that’s being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year…Forest officials are reminding people that the land within the burn area of the Waldo Canyon Fire is closed indefinitely.

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Weather conditions are making it challenging for firefighters to battle the Springer Fire five miles southwest of Lake George…Five inmates of a Supermax prison in Colorado who say solitary confinement is making their mental illness worse have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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Republican Attorney General John Suthers is investigating whether Metropolitan State College of Denver has the authority to create a new tuition category specifically for undocumented immigrants…Billionaire Louis Bacon plans to protect the rest of his vast landholdings in southern Colorado from development.

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Another round of layoffs has hit prisons in southern Colorado, this time coming from the private company Corrections Corporation of America, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…and, the Supreme Court is set any day now to rule on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s health care legislation. Yet a poll shows about a third of Americans are worrying about a piece of the bill that isn’t even there.

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · On CNN’s State of the Union, the president expanded on earlier remarks he made criticizing a decision by Sony Pictures to pull distribution of The Interview.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Rellenong manok is a deboned chicken filled with a jumble of ingredients. If it seems hard to pin down how this dish got all its fillings, it’s because of the complexity of the Philippines’ culture.
 

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December 21, 2014 | KUNC · The latest movie from filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne stars Marion Cotillard as a young mother who fights to keep from getting screwed over by her colleagues at work.
 

December 21, 2014 | NPR · Sony has canceled its new film, The Interview, which depicts the assassination of North Korea’s leader. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Kevin Smith about writing controversial comedies.
 

December 21, 2014 | NPR · Cooper worked closely with Taya Kyle to turn her late husband’s book, about his time as a Navy SEAL, into a film. “We all felt him the whole time we were shooting the movie,” Cooper says.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
 

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December 21, 2014 | KCRW · The singer and guitarist revisits “Hi-Fi,” from his much-loved breakthrough album, Transistor Radio.
 

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