In Congress, the drilling debate is moving from oil rigs in water to hydraulic fracturing on land, including here in Colorado. It’s a process commonly called fracking that some fear contaminates drinking water. Patrick Terpstra has a look at the debate from Washington.

This report was also featured in June’s Western Skies, which you [...]

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For many, flipping a light switch is a common occurrence. Flip a switch, and a light turns on almost instantaneously. This month we’re taking a look at some of the issues that enable that lightbulb to power on, or enable cars and buses to take you from point A to point B. Today, we’re [...]

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The Air Force Academy estimates its impact on the Colorado Springs-area economy as up about 9 percent, largely because of construction spending…and, Republicans in Washington will soon begin a new push to limit how much money can be won in medical malpractice suits.

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall is joining with Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden in calling on President Obama’s administration to disclose how it interprets the Patriot Act, as an extension of the act nears a vote in Congress…A minor tornado has touched down near Lamar. There have been no immediate reports of damage…and, Rocky Mountain [...]

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If Congress does not raise the nation’s debt limit this summer, the fallout will affect car loans, home mortgages and more. That was the message Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet…and, Colorado is requiring permits for any horses being brought into the state because of the outbreak of a fatal horse [...]

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Some members of Congress will see the confidential photos of Osama Bin Laden, including members of Colorado’s delegation…Three Medal of Honor recipients will be in Pueblo this week for a rededication ceremony and the unveiling of a portrait of the newest recipient of the military’s highest honor…and, the mountain plover will not be protected [...]

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An Air Force officer who was among nine Americans killed by an Afghan military pilot in Kabul was buried today at the Air Force Academy, where he taught foreign languages…Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn is taking aim at the Obama administration’s regulatory approach, blaming it for the country’s high gas prices…and, the Colorado Wildlife Commission [...]

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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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Colorado’s two U.S. Senators are backing the President’s call for a line-item veto to eliminate what he thinks is wasteful spending…The Justice Department says it’s reviewing a request by Colorado and 12 other states looking for the government’s help obtaining supplies of a scarce execution drug…and, a federal judge is hearing arguments on whether to [...]

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A blast of arctic air is keeping the temperature below zero in much of Colorado. With the wind, those sub-zero temperatures have felt around -30 in Colorado Springs…and, Senator Mark Udall says legislation making its way through Congress will help create jobs in Colorado and upgrade local airports.

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The President’s State of the Union yesterday focused heavily on innovation and job creation. Colorado’s freshman Republicans found some things to like in the speech and some things not to like….and, organizers of a study on improving a section of Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs are presenting recommendations tonight.

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Getting America’s fiscal house in order will come at a cost to most Coloradans….and, Colorado high tech firms are getting a boost from NASA to speed up manufacturing in hopes of providing 10,000 new jobs over the next five years.

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Colorado schools are getting their first report cards under new performance standards approved by lawmakers last year…and, outgoing Colorado Democrat John Salazar, who is working his last days in Washington, says he may want to return.

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Concerns over unemployment and small businesses are leading many Democrats on Capitol Hill to buck party leaders on the so-called Bush tax cuts which expire at the end of this year. Outgoing Democrat John Salazar wants an across the board extension…and, Colorado’s agricultural exports are on the rise.

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Colorado’s new Republican lawmakers don’t start work until the new Congress convenes next year, but Cory Gardner and Scott Tipton have been in Washington this week learning the ropes at “freshman orientation.” And, Colorado’s five major food banks distributed more than 76 million pounds of food last year and are on pace this year to increase [...]

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The food security rate in Colorado increased slightly in 2009, according to new government statistics…A federal appeals court will decide whether Colorado has the authority to set a deadline for destroying chemical weapons stored at an Army facility outside Pueblo…and, a Pueblo grand jury is investigating deaths at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

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The Air Force Academy has reversed course and released the results of a survey on what cadets think about religious tolerance, sexual harassment and other aspects of their lives as students….Outside groups continue their assault in advance of the midterm Congressional elections.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars in spending from outside groups now dominates these midterm electionss. Tens of millions of those dollars have poured into Colorado races for television ads and other campaigning. Manuel Quinones has more from Capitol Hill.

*Please note: This story incorrectly identifies the Democratic incumbent in Colorado’s 3rd District as Ken Salazar. [...]

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In an effort to change America’s lagging status in the broadband global market the Federal Communications Commission is implementing an expansive plan that aims to make high speed service available and affordable to low-income families in Colorado and across the country over the next decade…Poor medical marijuana patients in Colorado won’t have pay state marijuana [...]

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Colorado elections officials rolled out the first look at who’s voting early this election, and so far more Republicans are voting than Democrats…and, an environmental group says Congresswoman Betsy Markey and other vulnerable Democrats should talk up their vote on the ‘cap and trade’ energy and climate bill.

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Colorado will begin collecting DNA from those arrested for felonies beginning tomorrow…and, Congressman Jared Polis (D-2) introduces legislation to extend ‘Race to the Top’ program.

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A Littleton woman badly sickened from salmonella-tainted eggs urged lawmakers to approve a new food safety bill…and, A volunteer firefighter won’t be charged in Colorado’s most destructive wildfire.

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American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo told a Denver judge that his party’s bylaws trumped state law when he got his last-minute nomination in July…and, a recent tracking poll of Latino voters finds many of them may stay home on Election Day, and experts say it could have an impact on tight Colorado races.

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians even within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.
 

September 17, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Kent Brantly, the American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and “humiliating” disease.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · There’s a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners can alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · How one woman’s quest to bring you the scientific method has resulted in a blog project chock-full of chocolate chip cookie experiments. Wear your oven mitt and bring a glass of milk.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · Do you want to be a lab rat? That’s what teenagers are doing when they smoke marijuana, the state of Colorado says. But since hard evidence of marijuana’s harms is scanty, it may be a tough sell.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out’s history and recent decline.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · The Portland singer counts indie-rock, folk and Celtic musicians among his many collaborators, but here he performs both solo and accompanied by the Mountain Stage band.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover’s paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince’s radar.
 

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