Colorado lawmakers have approved a request to proceed with an emergency audit of online public schools in the state…and, Colorado’s congressional delegation has left Washington for a week home after sealing a last-minute deal to avoid a government shutdown.

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The Defense Department says a third of military personnel who committed suicide last year told at least one person they planned to take their own lives…The nation’s top defense officials told a Senate committee today the U.S. must remain invested in Iraq and Afghanistan for now, but there was another country on the mind [...]

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet says prescription drugs are not as safe as they should be…The state jobless rate sits at 8.5 percent for August…and, a bankruptcy judge will allow the sale of Banning Lewis Ranch to an energy company looking to drill for oil and gas there, according to the Colorado Springs [...]

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State records show Colorado has spent more than $160 million on homeland security gear since the 2001 9/11 terrorist attacks….and, winter sports athletes went to Capitol Hill today to talk to lawmakers, saying Colorado stands to lose billions of dollars if Congress doesn’t do something about global warming.

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Two of Colorado’s lawmakers react to last night’s speech from President Obama; and, the U.S. Energy Department says it has finalized a $90.6 million loan guarantee for the construction of a solar generation project in southern Colorado.

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America’s acute foreclosure crisis has mellowed, but the home mortgage industry is nowhere near a full recovery. Its symptoms are changing, and it may get worse before it gets better. From Washington, Elizabeth Wynne Johnson reports on signs that a new foreclosure wave is brewing in Colorado and in most parts of the country.

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Yet another budget fight is simmering in Congress. This one has the potential to affect funding for crumbling roads and bridges. From Washington, Patrick Terpstra explains how it could mean Colorado drivers will wait longer for replacement of some of the state’s most ailing bridges.

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Oil embedded in Colorado and other western states could help kick the nation of its dependency on foreign sources, if only the industry knew how to harvest it. Two of Colorado’s congressmen say the Obama administration is standing in the way….and, a primitive road over Medano Pass in Great Sand Dunes National Park has [...]

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Both of Colorado’s senators backed a compromise bill to prevent a government default, but not without concern…Meanwhile, two Colorado Republican lawmakers differed in their votes on adopting the deal…and, Governor John Hickenlooper is proposing new rules requiring oil and gas drillers to publicly disclose the ingredients of their hydraulic fracturing fluids.

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After a long day of arm-twisting, a plan to raise the debt ceiling and cut spending remains stalled after Republican leadership was unable to get the votes needed to pass the legislation. As Jim Hilgen reports from Washington, the support of two of Colorado’s freshman Republicans was not enough to help.

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Restrictions to caves and abandoned mines on national forests and grasslands in five western states, including Colorado, have been extended for a year…and, millions of acres in Colorado are the subject of debate in Congress. The federal land is off limits for development, but that may be changing soon.

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Some regional members of Congress are looking to avoid public panic as the country is now just a week away from defaulting on its debt for the first time ever…and, A planned dinosaur museum near the Royal Gorge in Canon City has been put on hold.

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A federal survey says Colorado is among the highest in the nation for use of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol….and, with the cost of prescription drugs on the rise, Medicare and Medicaid are shouldering an ever increasing financial burden, but one Colorado lawmaker is working on a solution.

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The leader of a Colorado Springs organization was on Capitol Hill today to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which is the focus of a new repeal effort…A hailstorm in Denver last week cost Frontier Airlines an estimated $10 million…and, state transportation contractors are warning motorists that hackers are changing Colorado road construction signs, [...]

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Colorado Springs Utility officials say they set a record peak demand for electricity yesterday afternoon in the 4:00 hour. In Pueblo, officials closed the City-County Health Department building to the public today due to mechanical issues with the facility’s cooling system….and, The latest tally of campaign fundraising for 2012 is in and Republican front [...]

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the number of non-native mussel offspring is growing at the reservoir at Lake Pueblo State Park…Prices for wheat and many other commodities are high, but Colorado farmers still receive millions of dollars in subsidies. That may soon change, once the debt limit dust settles.

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Two Colorado Congressmen are among those digging in their heels over raising the debt ceiling…Twelve Colorado counties have been declared as natural disaster areas because of drought and the state is seeking to add more to the list.

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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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A wildfire near Wetmore could be fully contained by this evening…Progress in Washington on the debt limit discussion is slow, but Colorado’s Senators are in agreement on finding a solution…and, organizers of a campaign aimed at legalizing marijuana in the state say they’ll begin gathering signatures tomorrow in Denver.

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New state laws take effect tomorrow. They include tax breaks for farmers, more protections for tow truck drivers, and a repeal of a software tax…Senators in Washington are remaining on Capitol Hill for 11th hour negotiations to deal with the federal deficit.

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Colorado’s chief justice has issued a directive requiring free interpreters for all court proceedings….and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall is among a handful of senators joining a video campaign aimed at reassuring bullied gay teenagers that life will get better for them.

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The fund that pays out unemployment benefits in Colorado has been in the red for the past year, but legislative economists say things are starting to turn around…Marathon Oil Company has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 over a fluid spill near Parachute…The Colorado state veterinarian says a horse virus that started showing up this [...]

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Duckett Fire now in Northwest Custer County and Southwest Fremont County has burned about 1800 acres…and, on Capitol Hill, a plan from House Republicans to speed up renewable energy projects could affect hundreds of acres of federal lands in Colorado.

Photo: Duckett Fire, 06/14/11; Credit: Bob Thomason.

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · With a big comics convention in Washington, D.C., this weekend, NPR’s Ailsa Chang asked some costumed enthusiasts for suggestions on how to help the folks inside the Capitol.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · The port town of Bayonne in France’s Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit “Josie” and standards “Mood Indigo” and “Hesitation Blues.”
 

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April 18, 2014 | WXPN · Today we’ve got a live performance with the Philadelphia-based band. We’ll also learn about perfectionist Adam Granduciel’s creative process and relationship with early band member Kurt Vile.
 

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April 18, 2014 | NPR · Singer-songwriter Gina Chavez may be a Texan, but on her latest album she reconnects with her Latin roots, singing in both English and Spanish. Up.Rooted blends Latin folk and American pop.
 

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