Colorado has a new state Supreme Court justice. Brian Boatright previously served as a trial court judge in Jefferson County for more than a decade. He’s the fifth member of the seven-member court appointed by a Democratic Governor, but Boatright is a Republican. State capitol reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk [...]

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As Election Day approaches, supporters of the only statewide ballot initiative are making their final pitch. Proposition 103 would increase sales and income taxes and earmark the money for public education…and, Governor John Hickenlooper has made his first appointment to Colorado’s Supreme Court.

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A former Colorado Springs city employee is suing the city for one million dollars, according to the Gazette…and, a state task force looking at how to improve low college graduation rates began meeting yesterday.

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Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor took the stand yesterday in a lawsuit challenging the state’s education funding system. A 2005 lawsuit filed in Denver District Court contends the Colorado legislature’s method of funding violates the state constitution’s promise to provide a “thorough and uniform” education system. A similar lawsuit took years to play out in neighboring [...]

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A lawsuit that could make Colorado spend billions more on education each year began in Denver District Court today. Parents and school districts are suing to force the state to completely restructure how it funds public education. Daniel Costello reports.

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Colorado’s chief justice has issued a directive requiring free interpreters for all court proceedings….and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall is among a handful of senators joining a video campaign aimed at reassuring bullied gay teenagers that life will get better for them.

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed a tax amnesty measure into law today. It’s expected to bring in about 12 and a half million dollars to the state…and, crews digging out a site in western Colorado have unearthed the fossilized skeletons of over a dozen mastodons, including the skull of an infant.

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The Air Force Academy estimates its impact on the Colorado Springs-area economy as up about 9 percent, largely because of construction spending…and, Republicans in Washington will soon begin a new push to limit how much money can be won in medical malpractice suits.

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Governor John Hickenlooper signed a healthcare exchange bill into law today…and, a judge has set October 17th as a trial date aimed at settling the state’s seven congressional districts.

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall is joining with Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden in calling on President Obama’s administration to disclose how it interprets the Patriot Act, as an extension of the act nears a vote in Congress…A minor tornado has touched down near Lamar. There have been no immediate reports of damage…and, Rocky Mountain [...]

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers are challenging Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR…The Pike and San Isabel National Forest are experiencing heavy snow late in the season and a slow snow melt, which is impacting some opening dates for campgrounds…and, while some areas are concerned about flooding, others, like southeastern Colorado, need the rain.

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Now that the state legislature has failed to draw new congressional lines, it’ll be up to a judge to pick a new congressional map for Colorado. Republicans and Democrats have filed lawsuits in Denver District Court and expect the process to move fairly quickly. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Crews have contained a grass fire that was threatening buildings near Ellicott in El Paso County…Crews are beginning to remove rock from US 50 west of Cotopaxi, and aim to have the highway reopen by the weekend…Army officials say President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes $477 million for destroying obsolete chemical weapons stored in [...]

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The new chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court updated lawmakers on the state of judiciary today. Justice Michael Bender says budget cuts have hurt morale in local courts, but his address largely focused on non-budgetary challenges and accomplishments. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado’s population has grown by almost 17 percent in the last 10 years…Assessed property values in Colorado are expected to fall for the first time since the late 1980s…The Gazette reports Colorado Springs has tied for the worst winter job outlook in the country, according to a list from Forbes…and, the US Senate [...]

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Colorado’s Attorney General John Suthers joined a lawsuit last spring against the Obama Administration’s Health Care Plan, saying the federal government can not force people to buy health insurance. That move prompted Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett to launch a bid for Suthers’job. He’s facing an uphill battle. Suthers’ long career in public office means [...]

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Colorado has appealed a federal court ruling that limited the state’s ability to regulate the destruction of obsolete chemical weapons stored outside Pueblo…Colorado Springs’ City Auditor steps down..and, the U. S. Forest Service approves a plan to clear trees killed by pine beetles.

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Legislative leaders from both parties are uniting behind efforts to regulate the state’s booming medical marijuana industry. Although the details are still being hashed out behind the scenes, lawmakers say weeding out fraud and abuse is the top priority. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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According to figures released by the State Health Department 5 doctors are responsible for issuing medical marijuana cards for nearly 8 thousand people statewide. And that has the agency calling for increased regulations on prescribing the drug. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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An internal investigation reveals faulty blood-alcohol tests in Colorado Springs DUI cases…Most Coloradans have access to broadband internet, with large gaps in rural areas…and, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo gets a new bishop.

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El Paso County Health Department officials say their supplies of the H1N1 vaccine are increasing, and have thus opened vaccinations up beyond high-risk groups…School district officials from across the state convene at the Broadmoor…and, more.

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Democratic lawmakers Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, and Representatives John Salazar and Betsy Markey seek an extension of a spending ban regarding the Army’s Pinon Canyon training site…and, former Colorado Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany files an ethics complaint.

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A new law banning texting while driving takes effect tomorrow…An Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency office opens in Colorado Springs…and, the head of Colorado’s Republican Party is asking Denver Police Chief Gerry Whitman to explain alleged threats to Governor Bill Ritter during his 2006 campaign.

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