A memorial service is scheduled tomorrow for the first African American graduate of the Air Force Academy. KRCC’s Hannah Sohl has more.

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With the pending sequestration comes across the board government cuts, but many entities are already feeling the heat, including the Department of Defense. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor has more on what that means for some local military establishments.

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Two aboard the training plane have not yet been named…

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It’s been two months since the Waldo Canyon fire ripped through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, destroying nearly 350 homes in the process. As residents of the community sift through the damages, one of their own put together an effort to help clean up some of the downed trees and even the surviving vegetation. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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The heavy hitters in the wildfire fighting game are the MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) equipped C-130 Hercules cargo planes operated jointly by the National Forest Service, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves. Since the 1970′s there have been 8 C-130′s so equipped and are operated by the 302d Airlift Wing [...]

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The Air Force has indefinitely delayed plans to fly low-altitude training missions over southern Colorado, the central Colorado mountains, and the Four Corners region…The Air Force Academy says up to 78 cadets cheated on an online test by accessing a website…Governor John Hickenlooper signed a new bill into law today that updates state workforce rules for the first time in 40 years.

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Most of Colorado is in a moderate to extreme drought, and the outlook for June doesn’t appear like conditions will improve…and, Airmen from Peterson Air Force Base’s 302nd Airlift Wing are in France for commemorative D-Day events.

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About 50 members from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base are joining two other American crews in France for an airdrop Sunday in Normandy. The planned drop commemorates the historic Allied invasion that happened on June 6th, 1944 during World War II.

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President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at today’s Air Force Academy graduation. It’s a tradition for the President to speak to one of the service academies each year. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin was there and has this report.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has called for a special session regarding civil unions…and, about 50 Air Force personnel and two C-130 cargo planes have left Peterson Air Force Base for a four-month deployment.

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The Air Force says a proposed expansion of a flight training area in eastern Colorado and western Kansas would have no significant environmental impacts…The costs of health insurance have become so high in Colorado’s rural areas that the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says many farmers and ranchers carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. As a result, the organization is using a familiar business model and forming a healthcare co-op.

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The Air Force Academy is planning a readiness exercise sometime during the day today.

The quarterly exercise mimics major accidents or natural disasters. Air Force Academy Raymond Hoy says the fabricated emergency situations help test response capabilities and detect any potential mistakes.

“It’s something that we do fairly often, at least quarterly. We just [...]

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After weeks of sitting on the legislative calendar a bill to allow civil unions is on the move again. It cleared the senate appropriations committee today on a party line vote. The next stop is a full debate on the senate floor.

Colorado Springs is getting a new director of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural [...]

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Next fiscal year’s 19 billion dollar state budget cleared the house today with only one no vote…

The state task force charged with examining jurisdictional conflicts over oil and gas drilling regulations is recommending more collaboration between Colorado and local governments…

The Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition, or PPFC, plans to hold a congressional candidate [...]

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Despite the down economy putting the pinch on many businesses, the hospital industry in Colorado is doing well. A Colorado Public News examination found most hospitals are reporting healthy profits…The number of business complaints Colorado consumers are filing with the state attorney general’s office is rising…A cottage foods bill is on its way to [...]

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The state senate cleared a bill today that would create a smart phone app for locally owned businesses…Colorado Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to allow businesses to use deadly force against suspected intruders…and, President Barack Obama will speak to graduating Air Force Academy cadets at the school’s commencement in May.

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Colorado Springs Councilman Tim Leigh is seeking an investigation into the practices at city-owned Memorial Health System, according to the Gazette…The Colorado Senate moved a bill out of the education committee unanimously last week that would allow indigenous languages to be taught by experts of federally recognized tribes…and, The Defense Department says [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper says it’s time for Colorado to pass a law allowing civil unions. He made the announcement in front of a packed chamber at the state capitol during his annual state of the state address…Federal officials are beginning a crackdown on medical marijuana businesses in Colorado that targets those located near schools…and, [...]

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A 21-year old man facing disciplinary actions locked himself inside the Deployment Processing Building at Shreiver Air Force Base this morning with a handgun, prompting evacuations. Spokeswoman 2nd LT. Marie Densen says that building is outside of a restricted area and is where people go for briefings and to pick up gear before deployment. [...]

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Lawmakers had lots of questions for Governor John Hickenlooper when he presented his budget today…and, the Air Force is conducting a readiness exercise that could cause delays at the gates and elsewhere on campus. Academy officials have asked that drivers be cautious during the exercise.

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We were invited inside the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (often mistakenly referred to as NORAD, which conducts some of its operations inside the mountain), but weren’t allowed to take pictures. The Air Force did, however, give us a disc full of seldom-seen historic construction images without captions and some publicity photos, including photos of [...]

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Controversy about hydraulic fracturing on the East Coast may have consequences in Colorado…Colorado lawmakers have unanimously approved an audit of the state’s Public Utilities Commission over how the agency has handled decisions affecting energy, taxicab and telecommunication companies…and, seven members of the Tuskegee Airmen visited the Air Force Academy today at the same time [...]

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.
 

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August 22, 2014 | NPR · Our puzzler for careful listeners: This week, featuring fills and intros selected by Joe Easley, drummer for The Dismemberment Plan. Hear the fill (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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