A former Colorado Springs city employee is suing the city for one million dollars, according to the Gazette…and, a state task force looking at how to improve low college graduation rates began meeting yesterday.

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The committee redrawing the boundaries of state legislative districts is holding its final public hearings this week…and, Colorado is considering a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association says it will likely develop less renewable energy than expected over the next several years because its members are developing their own projects…and, Colorado gaming commissioners have decided not to immediately reconsider a tax cut given to casinos earlier this year.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is asking state employees if they are satisfied with their jobs…Proponents of an initiative that would raise Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money for education have collected enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot…and, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia testified that inequities exist in education but […]

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Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor took the stand yesterday in a lawsuit challenging the state’s education funding system. A 2005 lawsuit filed in Denver District Court contends the Colorado legislature’s method of funding violates the state constitution’s promise to provide a “thorough and uniform” education system. A similar lawsuit took years to play out in neighboring […]

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The Pueblo Board of Water Works is joining other Front Range water providers in hiring a consultant to study a plan to bring water from the Colorado River over the Continental Divide…and, the Hickenlooper administration is pushing forward with a plan to have health insurance exchanges operating in the state in two years.

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The commission redrawing the boundaries of state legislative districts is hearing a lot of complaints about its proposed changes. As Daniel Costello reports, some citizens say that the new maps will divide communities and interest groups.

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Pueblo County health officials say they have confirmed cases of Cryptosporidium, which causes diarrhea and stomach cramps…and, steel artifacts from the World Trade Center arrived in Denver today. They’ll be part of next month’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

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Colorado education officials are calling the latest results of statewide standardized tests disappointing…Senator Michael Bennet said in a public forum today that lawmakers had to pass a compromise debt-ceiling bill to protect the nation’s credit rating…and, a Colorado commission tasked with redrawing state legislative districts plans to be in Salida tomorrow to hear what […]

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A lawsuit that could make Colorado spend billions more on education each year began in Denver District Court today. Parents and school districts are suing to force the state to completely restructure how it funds public education. Daniel Costello reports.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed four new members to the Colorado Oil and Gas commission…Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold public hearings in Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania on its proposed regulations for controlling air pollution at oil and gas wells.

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Supporters of an initiative that would increase Colorado sales and income taxes and earmark the money for education say they will have enough signatures to get the measure on the November election ballot. But as Daniel Costello reports, the backers will likely have an uphill battle convincing voters to pass the measure.

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Governor John Hickenlooper visited southeastern Colorado today to talk with employees at a rural prison that’s closing because of budget cuts…and, supporters of a ballot initiative that would raise taxes and use the money on education are making a final push for signatures.

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Colorado labor officials say the state jobless rate has fallen for a fourth straight month…Governor Hickenlooper announced today Colorado is receiving a million-dollar grant to try to improve remedial education for college-bound students…and, Pueblo Municipal Airport says regular flights to Las Vegas have helped them meet federal guidelines for more money.

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With public fundraising lagging, some state legislators plan to climb two fourteeners next week to help raise money to restore the State Capitol Dome…Colorado Springs City Clerk Kathryn Young has announced her retirement…and, the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation says Walmart will build a 210,000 square foot data center in northern Colorado Springs.

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Governor John Hickenlooper released his blueprint for economic development at a redevelopment site in Denver today…and, a state board charged with approving ballot measures OK’d an initiative that would repeal a gay-marriage ban placed in the state constitution by voters in 2006. The board also rejected new challenges to a proposal to legalize marijuana […]

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A proposed constitutional amendment to repeal Colorado’s gay marriage ban and replace it with language saying marriage is allowed regardless of sex is heading to the state titling board next week…and, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is warning that it is preparing to lay off 30 to 100 employees, even as the […]

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall says he is beyond frustrated that negotiations to raise the federal debt ceiling have come to a standstill…Colorado has received a $12 million grant from the federal government to improve public housing…and, University of Colorado economists say their prediction that Colorado will add about 10,100 jobs this year appears on […]

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A new study ranks Colorado as the least obese state in the nation…The new Colorado Parks and Wildlife board is meeting for the first time today and tomorrow…and, the Air Force Academy is getting 19 new gliders for cadet training.

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New rules for medical marijuana go into effect today. Although some marijuana dispensaries will likely have to close down, others in the industry are relieved that the “Wild West” days are over. Daniel Costello reports.

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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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The annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse takes off from Crested Butte tonight at midnight. Participants spend anywhere from seven to eighteen hours skiing across the Elk Mountains on their way to the finish line at the bottom of Aspen Mountain. They risk frostbite, getting lost in the dark, falling into more than […]

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Legislators in Washington are preparing for Sunday’s vote on President Barack Obama’s health care bill. Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado’s 5th District has come out against the bill, and the process by which the bill is coming to a vote. Another Colorado representative though, Democrat John Salazar of the 3rd District, has announced his […]

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December 4, 2016 | NPR · Some are in an uproar over President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to Taiwan’s president. Yet the Chinese leadership has shown no interest in escalating the matter.
 

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December 4, 2016 | NPR · Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II discusses news that the Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
 

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December 4, 2016 | NPR · In the early 1970s surrealist icon Salvador Dalí published a lavish cookbook called Les Dîners de Gala. Decades later, the book is being republished for a new and much wider audience.
 

December 4, 2016 | NPR · Lauren Graham is the fast-talking Lorelei Gilmore, on Gilmore Girls, a role she recently reprised on Netflix. She tells NPR’s Ailsa Chang about her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can.
 

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