Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Department of Corrections chief Tom Clements, who was killed last night at his Monument home. A gunman killed him when he opened his front door. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A former correctional facility in southeastern Colorado is among five historic sites chosen as the state’s Most Endangered Places this year.

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Some state lawmakers spent time at the former Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas today, considering whether to repurpose the prison under a proposal from Governor John Hickenlooper…Colorado’s Latino and black residents are falling further behind the state’s white residents in some of the most important measures of social progress…and, Hundreds of people turned out for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. marade in Denver today.

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A worker at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in southeast Colorado remained hospitalized last night after sustaining injuries in an incident where another woman was killed…At a rescheduled campaign stop in Pueblo yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized president Obama’s handling of the economy and the situation in the Middle East.

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Some 2000 supporters met Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a campaign stop at the airport in Pueblo today…One woman is dead and another seriously injured after a disturbance at a state prison in Southeastern Colorado this morning.

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One woman is dead and another seriously injured after a disturbance at a state prison in southeastern Colorado Monday morning.

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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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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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The Colorado Department of Corrections, or the DOC, announced yesterday they will be closing Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City. The Canon City Daily Record reports there will be a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the closure…and, Residents on Colorado’s eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage [...]

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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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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement to buy electricity from a 67-megawatt wind project planned in northeast Colorado…The Fort Lyons medium-security prison is now closed, the Chieftain reports.

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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Governor John Hickenlooper visited southeastern Colorado today to talk with employees at a rural prison that’s closing because of budget cuts…and, supporters of a ballot initiative that would raise taxes and use the money on education are making a final push for signatures.

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Pueblo County commissioners have rejected a request to rezone land in the eastern part of the county for a nuclear power plant…Colorado lawmakers have backed away from sweeping new rules on solitary confinement in state prisons…A Bureau of Land Management forum yesterday in Golden took on the topic of hydraulic fracturing.

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One out of every four inmates in Colorado prisons is mentally ill. In Arapahoe County, efforts are underway to change that. From Colorado Public News, Ann Imse reports that a one-year-old mental health court is having remarkable results keeping chronic criminals out of prison.

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The house judiciary committee passed a bill today that aims to create child proof labeling for medical marijuana brownies, cakes, teas, lollipops and other infused products…The Joint Budget Committee today decided to postpone the closure of a southeastern Colorado prison by six months amid concerns from rural officials who say the facility is a [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper spent the day in southeast Colorado yesterday, and met with local officials to talk about his proposed closure of the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Bent County, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…and, Congress has postponed a partisan showdown that could have led to a government shut down. House Republicans and [...]

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Authorities say they have recaptured an inmate who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northeastern Colorado…The University of Colorado at Boulder is reviewing the future of its journalism and mass communication program…and, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has an inhabitant returning to the area that hasn’t been seen there in forty years.

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Governor Bill Ritter has announced his plans for closing a $60 million budget shortfall…An inmate convicted of attempted murder and other crimes is still on the loose after escaping from a maximum-security prison in Sterling last night…and, Ranchers from across the country plan to gather in Fort Collins later this month to talk about competition [...]

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Senator Mark Udall says he’s pleased to see Congress one step closer to repealing the so called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military…A military-style boot camp at Colorado’s Buena Vista prison is shutting down after disappointing recidivism rates and because of rising costs…Area firefighters are preparing for the coming summer months, and the [...]

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Among everything else they’re debating in the final days of the legislative session, Colorado lawmakers are considering banning the use of restraints on pregnant prison inmates. The measure has strong bi-partisan support but debate in the senate touched a nerve when it delved into the topic of abortion. Bente Birkeland has more from the state [...]

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Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America plans to close its Walsenburg prison, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…Some state lawmakers are concerned about the use of Native American mascots at public schools…and, the Chieftain also reports that a Pueblo trauma surgeon currently in Haiti is blogging about his experiences.

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Two mission workers from Colorado have been rescued in Haiti after spending at least 55 hours trapped in the rubble of a collapsed hotel, while a third is still unaccounted for…Colorado prison officials say the state’s correctional facilities are overflowing with violent offenders housed in lower-security prisons…and, the U.S. Forest Service looks to track lynx [...]

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News

July 30, 2014 | NPR · A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama’s desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
 

July 30, 2014 | NWNews · Wildfire season has intensified early in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are turning to the federal government for assistance in fighting the fires and cleaning up the mess left behind.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The U.S. and EU announced more sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions are more wide-ranging than previous efforts to target the ruling elite.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · Monday night’s Bachelorette finale went in a very unusual direction for a show that usually denies the degree to which it’s about sex.
 

July 29, 2014 | NPR · Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Hiss Golden Messenger, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Azekel, Beach Day, Strand of Oaks, The Wytches, Christian Gregory, KING, Jonah Tolchin and The Acid.
 

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July 29, 2014 | WXPN · For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician’s melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · “Cowboy” Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
 

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