Authorities say reports of a possible meteorite or meteor shower briefly grounded firefighting aircraft battling the Springer Fire near Lake George…Colorado received a better than expected revenue forecast today. State economists say higher than anticipated tax revenue will give the state a cushion going into the next budget cycle.

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The Springer Fire burning just miles away from Lake George is now at 10% containment…Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the Metropolitan State College of Denver does not have legal authority to create a discounted tuition category for undocumented immigrants…Colorado Springs plans to end the Front Range Express bus service that runs from the city up to Denver.

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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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Republican Attorney General John Suthers is investigating whether Metropolitan State College of Denver has the authority to create a new tuition category specifically for undocumented immigrants…Billionaire Louis Bacon plans to protect the rest of his vast landholdings in southern Colorado from development.

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Two days after firefighters contained a blaze in Park County, another fire two miles west of Lake George has broken out…As firefighters continue to fight the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, other parts of the state are beginning to feel the effects…A portion of South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs will be closed for the next few days.

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New evacuation orders are in place near a wildfire burning outside Ft. Collins, and Governor Hickenlooper has signed a disaster declaration which will help pay for firefighting efforts…A wildfire in Park County about 15 miles west of Lake George is now 100% contained…The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting the second of two meetings this evening in Pueblo to discuss a former smelting site as a potential Superfund site.

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Authorities are assessing damages after a powerful, slow-moving storm made its way through eastern El Paso County yesterday, damaging homes and cars…Today is the deadline for Governor John Hickenlooper to sign or veto bills passed during this year’s legislative session…A bill in Congress aimed at clarifying the status of the Manitou Incline unanimously passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee yesterday.

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The US Senate has passed legislation to speed government contracts to modernize the aging fleet of Forest Service tanker planes that dump suppressants on Western wildfires..A 227-acre wildfire in northern Colorado is fully contained…and, Drivers in downtown Colorado Springs may find traffic detours this weekend.

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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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Colorado’s utility regulators don’t follow state travel policies and don’t keep adequate track of private meetings with the industries they regulate…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County…Larimer County sheriff’s officials say a 227-acre wildfire that has damaged two outbuildings in northern Colorado was started by lightning.

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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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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has named a new Chief Financial Officer…A new survey lists Colorado Springs as a top city for starting a small business…A nearly six-square-mile wildfire in southern Colorado near Pagosa Springs has grown more than 600 acres and is 4 percent contained…and, a 14-year-old from Parker is among the finalists in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is being pressured to veto a bill that would change the rules for publicly inspecting cast ballots. He says he hopes to make a decision on the measure soon…The Colorado attorney general says a Dallas debt-resolution company and its president will pay nearly $14 million in penalties and restitution to the state and former clients for violating state laws.

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Pueblo’s City Manager is stepping down after leaving the scene of a minor traffic incident…Manitou Springs has leased a parking lot in an effort to help ease traffic issues this summer…Fire managers have requested an additional helicopter to help fight a nine-square-mile wildfire in southwestern Colorado near the Utah border…and, anti-tax activist Doug Bruce is expected to be released from Denver County Jail tomorrow.

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney visited Craig in northwestern Colorado…Medical marijuana advocates in Colorado are trying to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions for which doctors can prescribe the treatment…Around 400 firefighters and five helicopters are battling an eight-square-mile wildfire near the Utah border…A California soldier assigned to Fort Carson has been killed in Afghanistan.

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Western lawmakers are seeking to elevate the plains bison to a status similar to that of the iconic bald eagle…Colorado’s Energy Office has a new mission. It will now promote traditional energy alongside renewable energy such as wind and solar.

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A man involved in the shooting of a police officer is back in custody after he failed to return to the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo…Governor John Hickenlooper has until June eighth to decide the fate of 61 bills that were passed during the legislative session.

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Proponents of an initiative that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a Colorado driver’s license say they face a long road to get enough signatures for the ballot this November…Canon City Police Chief Duane McNeill has resigned after an audit alleged the department has management and morale issues…and, Firefighters are mopping up a wildfire that burned about 12 square miles in northern Colorado.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has officially set Monday as the start of a legislative special session to address seven topics, including legalizing civil unions and funding Water Conservation Board projects…Colorado Springs Utilities has agreed to meet with a group of downtown business leaders regarding Drake Power Plant…and, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is considering reducing big game hunting for elk, deer and pronghorn sheep this year.

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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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Governor John Hickenlooper signed the state’s more than 7 billion dollar budget today. It has widespread support from members of both parties…Mitt Romney is making his first campaign appearance in Colorado since February’s caucuses…The National Weather Service is forecasting 6 to 12 inches of snow at the highest elevations of America’s Mountain through tomorrow morning.

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Colorado is one step closer to creating a legal standard for driving while high. The measure passed the house judiciary committee yesterday after a lengthy hearing…The Bureau of Land Management is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by citizens who oppose the artist Christo’s latest project…and, more than 5.5 million people visited Colorado Springs and El Paso County last year, according to the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s 2011 Stakeholders Report.

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US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is praising a plan to protect four-point-two million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado…A large overhaul of a subsidy for telephone providers is in doubt during the last days of the Colorado legislative session.

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