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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A bill that would allow children of active duty military members to pay lower rates than out of state students has widespread bi-partisan support in the Colorado legislature…A state house committee has approved 8-5 a proposal that aims to ban trans fats in school cafeterias and vending machines by 2013.

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A partisan political battle is emerging at the state capitol over last month’s deadly Lower North Fork Fire…

The House approved a bill today that would grant a tax credit for farmers and ranchers who paid an inheritance tax if they continue to user their land for agricultural purposes.

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Pueblo County sheriff’s officials say a 53-year-old man has died after an accident at Evraz North America’s rod and bar mill in Pueblo…

Warm weather in Colorado has come early this year and so has an abundance of miller moths…

CDOT held a memorial service today for workers killed in highway accidents through the [...]

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach is seeking more than 3 million dollars from an emergency fund for city maintenance and departmental improvements…

University of Colorado regents have unanimously approved a 5 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students in Boulder next fall.

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A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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The state’s budget is nearing the end of its legislative journey. It’s already cleared the Republican controlled house with near unanimous support. Now the Democratic controlled senate will debate it.

A task force has failed to settle a dispute between Colorado communities and the oil and gas industry over who has the ability to [...]

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The state Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876.

The Salida School District and LiveWell Chaffee County plan to begin a garden-to-cafeteria program for the districts’ three schools.

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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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A team of specialists says firefighters underestimated how much unburned vegetation remained at the site of a prescribed burn blamed for triggering a deadly wildfire last month southwest of Denver…

A closure of all caves and abandoned mines throughout the west is up for review by the U.S. Forest Service…

Colorado is launching a [...]

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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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A jobs proposal from Democrats that would give state bidding preferences to companies that hire Colorado workers has cleared the Senate, but appears headed to certain death in the Republican-controlled House…

Attorney General John Suthers says Colorado is joining a multistate lawsuit against electronic book publishers and Apple…

The Bureau of Land Management’s San [...]

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Colorado Springs City Council today voted to approve funds geared toward surveillance cameras downtown along Tejon Street, the Gazette reports. Police Chief Pete Carey previously told KRCC the idea for the cameras was to both address crime, and address the perception of crime in the downtown area…

A railroad tie manufacturer [...]

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Medicaid participants in Colorado now have the option of having remote health monitoring in their homes…A proposal that would limit prosecutor’s power to charge youth as adults passed in Colorado’s Senate on a 22-13 vote…Bears have always been a problem in Raton, but last season’s high number of incidents has brought it to the [...]

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Differences in community names as well as a discrepancy between coordinates on mapping systems are being blamed for a failure to alert some residents to a deadly wildfire southwest of Denver last week…and, Pueblo Health officials are warning people to be on the lookout for rabid skunks.

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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is replacing the state’s outdated, 20-year-old fingerprint system…Colorado tourism officials are launching a new advertising campaign urging people to come explore the state.

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Colorado officials monitoring a prescribed burn apparently didn’t request updated weather forecasts for the area for three days before it erupted into a deadly wildfire…The USA Pro Cycling Challenge has released the routes for this year’s bike race, including Stage 5 in Colorado Springs.

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Federal officials say they arrested 92 immigrants in Colorado who were convicted of serious crimes, immigration violations, or were immigration fugitives…and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall wants to create a national monument and wilderness area along the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista.

To provide input on the proposal for national monument and wilderness [...]

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Colorado is cutting its medical marijuana enforcement staff by more than half because the state isn’t collecting enough licensing fees to pay for them…and, despite the current cold and snowy conditions, recent abnormally high temperatures and a lack of precipitation means increased fire danger.

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A Lockheed Martin unit in Colorado Springs has received a contract worth up to $78.2 million for work on a missile warning system…Over 140 municipalities in Colorado will hold elections tomorrow on a variety of topics, including taxes and legal publications…and, the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has released the new [...]

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A handful of Republicans joined Democrats at the statehouse to defeat a bill that would’ve required people applying for public welfare to take a drug test in order to receive their monthly benefits…Governor John Hickenlooper took a helicopter tour of the Lower North Fork Fire that continues to burn southwest of Denver…and, warm temperatures [...]

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Colorado lawmakers reached a breakthrough in the state budgeting process today. Budget writers stuck on whether to cut state agencies’ payrolls by 2 percent agreed to reduce the amount to 1 percent, with exemptions for specific departments…and, Falcon School District 49 is considering adding three new administrative positions.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has decided to suspend any prescribed burns by state agencies on state lands…The nonprofit organization Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count Survey…and, Colorado Springs City Council gave initial approval 6-2 (Gazette) yesterday to install ten video surveillance cameras downtown.

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tea party conservatives objected to sending money to the White House to address the crisis. GOP leaders said another vote was possible yet today.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The Christian theme park, featuring a 510-foot-long replica of the ark, is getting $18 million in new incentives from the state’s tourism board.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Air traffic snarls at some of eastern China’s busiest airports have stranded thousands of travelers and highlighted the increasing competition for airspace between military and civilian flights.
 

Arts & Life

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Don’t get too annoyed with this final round. Like “annoyed,” every answer contains the consecutive letters “A-N-N” somewhere within it. This game separates the canniest from the wannabes.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · If Pythagoras were alive today, we think he’d be a movie buff. Multiply your film knowledge by your math skills in this quiz that asks you to perform computations with the numbers in movie titles.
 

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July 31, 2014 | KCRW · Watch the unpeggable songwriter perform a B-side from her classic album, I Am Shelby Lynne, live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · This month, we’re rounding up five fabulous reissues from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Greece and Algeria, made between the 1920s and ’70s. They still sound fresh and innovative.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.
 

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