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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The Colorado Department of Corrections, or the DOC, announced yesterday they will be closing Colorado State Penitentiary II in Canon City. The Canon City Daily Record reports there will be a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the closure…and, Residents on Colorado’s eastern plains are trying to determine the extent of damage [...]

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A bill that would increase the penalties for harming or killing and unborn child cleared the Republican controlled statehouse on a party line vote today…and, unseasonably warm weather has drawn some black bears out early in the Colorado Springs area.

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State employees in Colorado are closer to seeing new rules for how they’re paid, hired and fired…Colorado College history professor Anne Hyde wins prestigious ‘Bancroft’ award.

KRCC is a licensee of Colorado College. Professor Anne Hyde also appeared in an episode of Western Skies that aired last year. You can revisit the episode [...]

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The USDA is funding a pilot program aimed at supporting veterans interested in farming. The program will be mid to late March in both Nebraska and Kansas, but also reaches out to veterans in other states, including Colorado. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

More information is available through the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, [...]

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Colorado Springs School District 11 is testing a propane-powered bus they’ve added into its fleet as part of an ongoing goal to focus on being greener…and, Chevron Corporation is giving up its oil shale lease in northwest Colorado to free up it’s resources for other priorities.

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Pueblo Community College or PCC broke ground today on a project to expand its student center…and, El Paso County officials are seeking public input regarding proposed Highway 105 improvements.

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Jurors in Colorado Springs have convicted a woman accused in the death of a tow truck driver who was dragged by her vehicle…With the help of local hospitals, school districts, and other community players, the Pueblo Health Department has determined the health priorities they’d like to address over the next five years…and, Manitou Springs [...]

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Colorado Springs Councilman Tim Leigh is seeking an investigation into the practices at city-owned Memorial Health System, according to the Gazette…The Colorado Senate moved a bill out of the education committee unanimously last week that would allow indigenous languages to be taught by experts of federally recognized tribes…and, The Defense Department says [...]

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The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, or the PPACG, will provide $5 million worth of federally allotted funds as the Colorado Department of Transportation moves forward with a plan to widen a portion of I-25…and, a proposed land swap that would consolidate a ranch for billionaire William Koch is headed back to the [...]

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Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce was sentenced today for tax evasion…A bill that would give students college credit for life experiences has initially passed the Colorado House of Representatives…and, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center has issued an avalanche warning for southern Colorado. The warning includes the northern and southern San Juan mountains.

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Rick Santorum appeared to be the favored candidate in southeastern Colorado, as Republicans held their caucuses last night. State GOP officials called the race late last night, in favor of Santorum….The number of high school graduates requiring remedial classes has gone up by 11 percent since the previous year…Business groups in Colorado Springs and [...]

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Colorado lawmakers left the Capitol early today to take part in Republican caucuses across the state…Colorado sportsmen are backing proposed federal rules for public disclosure of chemicals in fracking fluids used in oil and gas drilling…and, the Federal Bureau of Land Management is revisiting an effort to protect sage grouse in Colorado.

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Forestry officials say losses from the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated areas of the Colorado mountains have been smaller on the Front Range…and, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicks off next week, with an individual time trial held in Colorado Springs. The inaugural race is scheduled to begin in Garden of the Gods [...]

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

You can listen to the full episode, or download here.

You can also head to the individual segments for the audio and web extras:

The Great [...]

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Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe [...]

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Colorado health officials are warning people to check any packages of ground turkey they may have to see if they’re included in a nationwide recall. All of the packages include the code “Est. P-963″ in the USDA inspection mark…and, Moose in Colorado are thriving, and are migrating across the Continental Divide.

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The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled a hearing next month on allowing the Army to continue using the Pinon Canyon training site…It’s been nearly two months since the state’s Hunger Free Hotline started, but it’s already seeing a big response…and, Frontier Airlines is canceling flights from the Denver International Airport for the fifth [...]

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Crews are hoping to build more containment lines around a 154-acre wildfire burning in southern Colorado near Wetmore…The Colorado Rural Health Center announced recently the Eastern Plains Medical Clinic in Calhan and the Cripple Creek-Victor Mountain Health Center are splitting $100,000…and, Colorado’s Democratic Senate President Brandon Shaffer is preparing to challenge Republican Cory Gardner [...]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says extreme drought conditions continue to expand over southern Colorado…Chaffee County Sheriff Pete Palmer says it’s a mystery why search teams have been unable to find two hikers who are missing on a trip…and, Colorado Springs City Council this week unanimously approved a decision to provide funding for reseeding [...]

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A record number of attendees heard Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach deliver his first Chamber State of the City address at the Broadmoor…and, the Colorado State Parks board signed a measure late last week approving the proposed “Over the River” art exhibit.

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Governor John Hickenlooper is requesting drought assistance funds for nine southern Colorado counties, including Pueblo, Chaffee, and Las Animas…and, Xcel Energy has agreed to buy 200 megawatts of power from a wind farm being built near Limon.

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April 17, 2015 | NPR · Golf is a sport that’s been enjoyed by both Democrats and Republicans through the decades, but bipartisan golf outings may be disappearing like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the President can implement his immigration plan before his term is up.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.
 

Arts & Life

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April 17, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year’s Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
 

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April 17, 2015 | NPR · The new film Good Kill is a little too blunt in its treatment of drone warfare, but strong work from Ethan Hawke as a troubled pilot helps it along.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is “dumb,” says David Edelstein.
 

Music

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · In the ’60s, the cheap music format was stocked in vending machines and embossed on cereal boxes. Now, magazines like Decibel and bands like Deerhoof are reviving the once-dead flexi disc.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Stevens says it was hard to let go of her quest for perfection. But after a long creative process, Perfect Animal ended up “exactly how it was meant to be.”
 

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April 17, 2015 | NPR · What’s getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody’s making new ones.
 

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