Colorado’s attorney general and the governor are deciding whether to appeal a trial court decision that says state funding for K through 12 schools is inadequate and unconstitutional. While education advocates praise the decision saying it’s a wakeup call, many are also wondering what’s next and how the state can fix the problem. Bente [...]

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The Colorado Supreme Court has accepted Democratic drawn maps for new statehouse district boundaries…and, More than 1,400 Colorado consumers may be eligible for compensation under a class action settlement over denial of claims related to a cancer and disease expense policy.

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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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The Colorado Supreme Court will take up a Republican challenge to new congressional maps in early December. The state must draw new maps every ten years, and a Denver District Court picked a Democratic map after the legislature failed to agree on one. Republicans argue that the map splits key communities of interest. Bente [...]

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear a challenge to the federal healthcare overhaul. Colorado is one of 26 states that filed a challenge to the law…and, El Paso County health officials are reporting a child is the first hospitalization this season due to the flu.

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Educators consider third grade reading a barometer for success in school and for high school graduation rates. But nearly 30 percent of the state’s third graders are reading below average. Some in the state say those children should be held back a year…Nearly half of audited Colorado employers are not complying with a state [...]

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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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New state laws take effect tomorrow. They include tax breaks for farmers, more protections for tow truck drivers, and a repeal of a software tax…Senators in Washington are remaining on Capitol Hill for 11th hour negotiations to deal with the federal deficit.

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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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A lawsuit that says Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution is drawing stark divisions about the founding of this country, and what it means to have a representative form of government. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The leading Democrat in the Colorado Senate, John Morse, has been cleared of wrongdoing in an ethics probe about payments he claimed for doing legislative work…The Colorado House of Representative is hosting an open house tomorrow in an effort to show the public what it’s really like working under the gold dome.

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An impairment standard for drivers using medical marijuana has won final approval in the Colorado House. The bill says drivers are impaired if they have a THC level of 5 nanograms or more per milliliter in their blood…Candidates for Colorado Springs mayor met last night at a public forum…and, the Colorado Division of Wildlife [...]

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The house initially cleared a bill today that sets a legal limit on what it means to be too high to drive. It’s modeled after the legal limit for driving under the influence of alcohol. Lawmakers say the spike in medical marijuana users has prompted the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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A bill that aims to determine what it means to be too high to drive cleared the house judiciary committee yesterday. It passed on a 6-2 vote. Supporters say the measure will help prosecutors, and is necessary given the rise in marijuana use. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Southern Colorado is no stranger to the armed forces. With a collection of military installations, it’s not uncommon to see uniformed men and women around Colorado Springs and beyond. This month, we take a look at some of the issues concerning the military, from the very worst, to perhaps, some of the very best.

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Colorado’s two U.S. Senators are backing the President’s call for a line-item veto to eliminate what he thinks is wasteful spending…The Justice Department says it’s reviewing a request by Colorado and 12 other states looking for the government’s help obtaining supplies of a scarce execution drug…and, a federal judge is hearing arguments on whether to [...]

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A Democratic state senator is trying to expand Colorado’s hate crimes law to include the homeless. The measure cleared the senate judiciary committee yesterday on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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An Army environmental study says Fort Carson is the best location for a new combat aviation brigade…The Colorado Department of Transportation and Trinidad city officials marked the opening of southbound Interstate 25 through the city today…and, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association has dropped its lawsuit challenging new rules to regulate the state’s energy industry.

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients in exchange for tax breaks. But some still seize wages of poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for free or reduced care.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean’s largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · Marine scientists plumbing the deepest part of the ocean sent microphones and collection probes baited with chicken to the bottom of a trench near Guam. Now they watch, wait … and listen.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Walter Keane made his name with wistful paintings of big-eyed children — paintings actually done by his wife. Tim Burton directs and Amy Adams stars in Big Eyes, a new movie about the Keanes.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.
 

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December 18, 2014 | NPR · The film If You Don’t, I Will has some strong dialogue and performances, but its tale of a marriage in peril sags too often in its recounting of the journey.
 

Music

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · We speak with the head of Nacional Records about three essential latin alternative songs.
 

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December 18, 2014 | WXPN · David Dye sits down with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown to discuss their prolific year.
 

December 18, 2014 | NPR · Cuban rhythms and melodies have been part of what’s been called the most American of art forms — jazz — ever since Jelly Roll Morton first heard them in the port of New Orleans and used them in his music. Josephine Baker performed in Cuba and Nat King Cole recorded there. But the revolution made cultural exchange all but impossible and even supposedly open-minded artists and musicians took sides.
 

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