A huge crowd turned out at the state capitol yesterday for hearings on two key Democratic gun proposals. One measure would require universal background checks for gun purchases; the other would ban high capacity magazines. Both bills passed their first test, the house judiciary committee. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has voted in favor of increasing the drilling setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes statewide. But the move doesn’t go far enough for the environmental community and goes too far for industry. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The head of the National Rifle Association met with state leaders in Colorado yesterday. Democrats unveiled a package of proposed gun control legislation earlier this week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A Fort Carson police bill passed unanimously in the state senate earlier this week. The bill would provide a new classification and more training to officers at the Mountain Post. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

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State Democrats unveiled a package of proposals today, aimed at cracking down on gun violence, among other things. Legislative leaders want to make gun manufacturers liable for crimes committed with assault weapons. As Bente Birkeland reports, it’s in response to the recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora.

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Early this week, the U.S. House of Representatives nixed an amendment to a Hurricane Sandy relief bill that would have provided aid to victims of the 2012 wildfires in Colorado. KDNK’s Ed Williams spoke with Senator Michael Bennet, who co-sponsored the amendment.

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Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives yesterday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires…Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall is urging the US Forest Service to accelerate their acquisition of eight new firefighting air tankers ahead of this year’s wildfire season…Three Chinook helicopters have been delivered to Fort Carson for a new combat aviation brigade.

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Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives today to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires. State officials say they’re also planning for a drought this summer and a potentially bad fire season. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The gun control debate sounded off both inside and outside the state capitol yesterday. Gun control advocates rallied at the capitol, and Democratic state senators struck down the first gun bill of the legislative session. The measure would’ve allowed school employees to carry concealed handguns. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Colorado’s Speaker of the House says he expects lawmakers to act on several of President Barack Obama’s recommendations to curb gun violence. Governor John Hickenlooper has also called for a broad discussion on guns during the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Pueblo County emergency officials are running a biennial survey in a continuous effort to improve the readiness of people who live there. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.

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Vestas wind energy company plans to hire more than 100 workers at its Pueblo plant…Pueblo County emergency officials are running a biennial survey in a continuous effort to improve the readiness of people who live there…The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new iPads.

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Colorado Springs officials held a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night, highlighting wildfire awareness, mitigation, and emergency preparedness. Speakers included Bret Waters, head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, Christina Randall and Fire Marshall Bret Lacey with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and Bob Cutter of Colorado Springs Together. This is the audio of the [...]

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State lawmakers have already introduced more than 100 bills on a wide variety of topics since the legislative session began last Wednesday. From the state capitol, Bente Birkeland has more on the first of many gun measures.

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With the flip of a switch yesterday afternoon, the mayor of Colorado Springs illuminated an intersection and closed the book on a dark chapter of the city’s recent budget history. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin was there for the drumroll and has this report.

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More than 250 volunteers joined the search for a missing area teenager this weekend. In Southwest Colorado, people wearing orange vests walked for miles along a busy county road outside Durango. They were looking for Dylan Redwine’s clothes or other evidence to help find him. KRCC’s Elise Thatcher was there and filed this report.

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Searchers are still looking for 13-year-old Colorado Springs resident Dylan Redwine. He disappeared a week ago while visiting his father in Southwestern Colorado. KRCC’s Elise Thatcher reports.

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Many of the hundreds of rape kits that Colorado police departments receive are never tested.

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Colorado Springs Police Officer Matt Tyner was killed in late July during a traffic stop near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Silver Drive. CSPD’s Major Accident Unit and the District Attorney’s Office investigated the accident, which is protocol.

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As a battleground state, all eyes have been on Colorado during this year’s presidential race. But the outcome of Tuesday’s election will dictate a lot more than who wins the Oval Office. It will also have a profound impact on local politics, including the possible reversal of a new court-ordered policy allowing guns on [...]

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100,000 Coloradans have medical marijuana licenses now. Still, even though more patients can legally buy pot, arrests are UP by 7%.

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Update, 7:30pm, Thurs 10/25/12

The Wetmore Fire remains at about 2100 acres, and is 65% contained. Around 240 personnel are working the fire, and with lower temperatures and higher humidity, crews made significant progress today. People may see light smoke in the interior of the burned area, but evacuations orders for all residences outside the fire perimeter have been lifted. Greenwood Subdivision remains under evacuations orders while firefighters assess the safety of the area’s infrastructure. All roads within the fire perimeter remain closed, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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In an effort to give the public more information on the impact of oil and gas drilling in their communities, the Colorado Department of Natural Resources is launching a new public database on water quality near drilling well sites. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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