Colorado is among the states that have been named finalists in the second round of the federal “Race to the Top” school reform grant competition…Congress has been debating the future of NASA and human space flight, and some of their plans could prove a boon for Colorado.

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As lawmakers look for solutions to mental health problems among veterans, a Colorado Springs group has its own ideas for dealing with the problem. They were on Capitol Hill this week touting an approach they say is simple. Manuel Quinones reports from Washington.

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More than half of the counties in Colorado face the potential risk of water shortages by 2050, according to a new report by the consulting firm Tetra-Tech…Former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo is negotiating with the American Constitution Party to run for governor. He would replace their candidate, Benjamin Goss, on the ballot.

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The number of unemployed Colorado residents losing federal unemployment benefits is rising amid Congressional inaction…Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis is making apologies to a Colorado judge for lifting parts of his work for a series of essays McInnis passed off as his own, and issued a statement about the situation…Vestas Wind Systems says it will [...]

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Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera delivered his State of the City Address today at the Chamber of Commerce…and, the House Armed Services Committee, which includes Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn, held a hearing today on a care-taking scandal at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Colorado relies on the oil and gas industry for 190 thousand jobs, but there’s an escalating argument in Congress about the true cost of fossil fuels…and, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton will face Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck in the Republican gubernatorial primary on Aug. 10. She learned yesterday that state officials certified her [...]

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Senator Mark Udall says he’s pleased to see Congress one step closer to repealing the so called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military…A military-style boot camp at Colorado’s Buena Vista prison is shutting down after disappointing recidivism rates and because of rising costs…Area firefighters are preparing for the coming summer months, and the [...]

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Now that a health care law is in place, some nurses, including some from Colorado, want new federal legislation that they say will improve patient safety. They are in Washington this week lobbying members of Congress, including Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet…and, power has been restored to about 4,600 Colorado Springs Utilities customers, [...]

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Now that a health care law is in place, some nurses, including some from Colorado, want new federal legislation that they say will improve patient safety. They are in Washington this week lobbying members of Congress, including Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet…and, power has been restored to about 4,600 Colorado Springs Utilities customers, [...]

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Executives from three oil-drilling companies are testifying on Capitol Hill this week, and Senator Mark Udall (CO-D) says more has to be done to study deep water oil drilling…State regulators have issued a $2.5 million fine against a Colorado Springs business that claimed it could help immigrants obtain and complete their immigration forms…and, a bill [...]

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The Colorado Senate Agriculture Committee has killed a bill aimed at setting up a task force to resolve sheepherders’ complaints against employers…An independent audit says a Pueblo-based charter school network overpaid its employees and engaged in nepotism…and, lawmakers who’ve received campaign donations from the Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs are coming under scrutiny, including Senator [...]

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The Department of Defense and the Colorado health department have reached an agreement on monitoring chemical weapons at the Pueblo Chemical Depot…and, as the immigration debate gains traction in Congress, an advocacy group says Latino voters could make a big difference this November in tight Colorado races.

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The state Senate has given initial backing to a bill that would require uranium mines and mills to clean up nuclear waste before accepting more radioactive material…and, Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet says it is a shame his colleagues would not begin debate on financial regulatory reform yesterday.

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The Colorado House of Representatives has approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow the state to license marijuana dispensaries and growers…A new study documenting the physical condition of 18-to-24 year olds has found that Colorado has one of the country’s lowest levels of obesity in that group, but that still has [...]

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All of Colorado’s House Democrats supported the final health care bill, while Congressman Doug Lamborn of the 5th District issued a statement calling it “oppressive.” Still, its passage is expected to impact the nearly 800 thousand state residents who do not have coverage. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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Colorado’s economy is slowly recovering from the recession, but it may take years to fully recover…and, lawmakers from Colorado are preparing for a busy weekend, as Democratic leaders in Congress are poised for a Sunday afternoon vote on health care reform.

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Democrat Diana Degette has spent more than a decade crafting a bill to protect Colorado wilderness. She finally got a congressional hearing this week. Her approach has some critics, one of whom is a fellow Colorado Democrat. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate is up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent, while the Gazette is reporting unemployment in the Colorado Springs area rose .4 percentage points in January…and, Colorado Democrat John Salazar wants to give the federal government more power to negotiate Medicare drug prices.

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Colorado has made the first cut in the national competition to win millions of dollars for education reform…and, two Colorado lawmakers are pushing a bill that would prohibit the president from designating a national monument in the state without local input.

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Colorado’s 5th Congressional District is comprised of counties in the central part of the state, including El Paso County, Fremont County, and Chaffee County. Republican Doug Lamborn currently holds the seat, and recently sat down with Melinda Wittstock from Capitol News Connection for their series “Ask Your Lawmaker.” It features questions [...]

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The city of Colorado Springs has sold nine surplus buses from its FREX service for $1.44 million…Colorado Congresswoman Betsy Markey (D-4) is introducing a bill aimed at barring health insurance companies from fixing prices…and, U.S. Forest Service officials in Colorado are getting $30 million to help deal with the bark-beetle epidemic.

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Democratic Congressman John Salazar says the Obama Administration needs to take it easy on Colorado energy producers as it pushes for more green power…and, a new committee in LaJunta hopes to draw more visitors to the area.

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A Senate panel in Washington today held a hearing which addressed the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Senator Mark Udall (D) serves on that committee…and, state lawmakers rejected a proposal today to invest in a gold reserve.

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · John Abdallah Wambere applied for asylum in the U.S. after Uganda passed a harsh anti-gay law earlier this year. His application has now been recommended for approval, pending a background check.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · Scientists hope NASA’s MAVEN probe, which went into orbit Sunday night, will provide insight into why the Martian climate changed drastically billions of years ago.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · While a U.N. agency reported about 70,000 refugees this weekend, a Turkish official says 100,000 Syrians have entered Turkey in the past week. Fighters from ISIS are closing in on the border.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · When award-winning poet Brian Turner served in the Army, he was following a long family tradition. His new memoir traces that history — and imagines the perspectives of the people shooting back.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · It’s Perfectly Normal, a 20-year-old illustrated sex-ed book for kids, is meant to teach children about sexual health, puberty and relationships. It’s one of the most banned books in America.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · The adventuresome string quartet asked a huge range of musicians to create new pieces modeled on artistic idols. Hear pieces inspired by figures ranging from John Steinbeck to James Brown.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · Electric Wizard has spent two decades playing ridiculously heavy, misanthropic doom metal. On Time To Die, the band gets more room to explore than ever.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · Innerworld is awash in ’80s earmarks, but it also conveys a sense of wistfulness; a sense of childlike splendor in danger of succumbing to the ravages of adulthood.
 

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