As the Supreme Court is about to rule on the constitutionality of the health care law, one-third of Americans are worrying about a part of the legislation that isn’t there…In Colorado, though, none of the state’s four Republicans in Congress say the law provides for a board of bureaucrats who would decide who will live or die.

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A U.S. District judge is expected to issue a ruling soon on the ongoing lawsuit over oil and gas drilling on Colorado’s Roan Plateau. Environmental groups are trying to block the drilling, and say federal regulators failed to fully examine the risks to wildlife and air quality. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper is being pressured to veto a bill that would change the rules for publicly inspecting cast ballots. He says he hopes to make a decision on the measure soon…The Colorado attorney general says a Dallas debt-resolution company and its president will pay nearly $14 million in penalties and restitution to the state and former clients for violating state laws.

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Colorado is one step closer to creating a legal standard for driving while high. The measure passed the house judiciary committee yesterday after a lengthy hearing…The Bureau of Land Management is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by citizens who oppose the artist Christo’s latest project…and, more than 5.5 million people visited Colorado Springs and El Paso County last year, according to the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s 2011 Stakeholders Report.

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A bill to create a legal standard in Colorado for driving under the influence of marijuana initially cleared the state senate today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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The state Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876.

The Salida School District and LiveWell Chaffee County plan to begin a garden-to-cafeteria program for the districts’ three schools.

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A jobs proposal from Democrats that would give state bidding preferences to companies that hire Colorado workers has cleared the Senate, but appears headed to certain death in the Republican-controlled House…

Attorney General John Suthers says Colorado is joining a multistate lawsuit against electronic book publishers and Apple…

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Colorado Springs City Council today voted to approve funds geared toward surveillance cameras downtown along Tejon Street, the Gazette reports. Police Chief Pete Carey previously told KRCC the idea for the cameras was to both address crime, and address the perception of crime in the downtown area…

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The Colorado Senate passed a bill today that would allow illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools to pay less than out of state tuition, but more than in-state. The measure passed on a party line vote, and Governor Hickenlooper recently weighed in with his support. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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A bill that would increase the penalties for harming or killing and unborn child cleared the Republican controlled statehouse on a party line vote today…and, unseasonably warm weather has drawn some black bears out early in the Colorado Springs area.

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Colorado is closing a second state prison in two years because of a declining inmate population. The state Department of Corrections says it will close Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City…The Yuma County sheriff is surveying damage after a wildfire swept 84 square miles on Colorado’s eastern plains, injuring three firefighters and destroying [...]

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The state of Colorado is considering a bill that would require people applying for public welfare to take a drug test in order to receive their monthly benefits. Similar measures have been proposed by states across the country, even though the practice has often been challenged in the courts. Bente Birkeland takes a look [...]

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall is an outspoken critic of indefinite military detention for terror suspects captured on US soil. Today, the Democrat introduced legislation he says will protect both civil liberties and national security…and, Animal scientist and advocate for people with autism Temple Grandin was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame today.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a bill implementing new teacher tenure rules…A federal court judge is being asked to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of lawmakers who want him throw out Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights…and, El Paso County officials have put together a community task force to address a high number [...]

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the state will get $205 million as part of a multistate settlement with the nations five largest national banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo…Frontier Airlines has announced plans to expand routes available at the Colorado Springs airport…The Colorado Springs parks board has approved a [...]

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Embattled state Representative Laura Bradford is threatening to leave the Republican Party saying a GOP leader mistreated her in the wake of a drunk driving incident. Republicans hold a one-seat advantage in the House of Representatives, so any change in party affiliation could shift the balance of power at the state legislature. Bente Birkeland [...]

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A Republican state lawmaker who was pulled over last week for drunken driving is denying that she used her status as a lawmaker to get a free pass. But some unsatisfied Colorado lawmakers now want to take a closer look at the legislative immunity provision police say prevented them from arresting her. Bente Birkeland [...]

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Colorado Springs City Council today reinstated four of Mayor Steve Bach’s six line item vetoes on the city’s 2012 budget…and, Governor John Hickenlooper says the state will likely appeal a recent district court decision calling the state’s underfunding of K-12 schools unconstitutional.

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The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that the state will adopt a Democratic map for redrawing congressional district boundaries….and, The head of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says requiring the public disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals is only one tool for protecting public health and the environment.

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The future political landscape of Colorado is now in the hands of the state supreme court. The court heard arguments yesterday on proposed new boundaries for congressional districts. Republicans are challenging a lower court ruling that picked a Democratic map. By law, the state must draw new congressional districts every ten years. Bente Birkeland [...]

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The Colorado Supreme Court now gets its chance to weigh in on proposed new boundaries for congressional districts in Colorado…and, proposals from five organizations bidding on the Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs are now available for public review.

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Colorado Springs City Council unanimously voted to approve a six-month moratorium on any permits to conduct oil and gas exploration and drilling…and, The Colorado Supreme Court hears oral arguments for congressional redistricting tomorrow.

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