The Colorado Department of Revenue says a recent tax amnesty program has garnered more than $11 million in back payments…and, the U.S. Forest Service urges caution when embarking on holiday tree cutting in national forests.

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An environmental group accuses the BLM of neglecting science in favor of politics when it conducted a series of ecological studies covering millions of acres in the West…The Colorado Department of Revenue says it has approved 26 of 500 applications to run marijuana dispensaries or marijuana centers…and, while we’re already well into this year’s [...]

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A group planning to nominate an independent presidential candidate online has won a spot on Colorado’s 2012 ballot…and, ACS, a Xerox company, to hire 225 people for its call center in Colorado Springs.

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Cantaloupe producers from the Rocky Ford region met yesterday with representatives from the state Department of Agriculture to discuss possible ways to move forward after a deadly listeria outbreak earlier this fall…and, Colorado Springs has a new slogan. “Live it Up!” is the result of a brand developing process that involved more than 200 [...]

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Educators consider third grade reading a barometer for success in school and for high school graduation rates. But nearly 30 percent of the state’s third graders are reading below average. Some in the state say those children should be held back a year…Nearly half of audited Colorado employers are not complying with a state [...]

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The El Paso County Development Services Department is seeking public comment on its draft regulations for the oil and gas industry…and, Governor John Hickenlooper has selected 19 people to serve on a panel tasked with reviewing the proposed privatization of the state-chartered workers’ compensation insurer, known as Pinnacol Assurance.

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Power companies serving the San Luis Valley say they plan to press ahead after Xcel Energy officials said they’re considering abandoning a controversial $180-million power line into the valley…An eighth person has died in Colorado due to an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe, raising the national death toll to 29…and, about 250 soldiers from [...]

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Voters across the state are turning in ballots today as Election Day comes to a close…and, Congressman Doug Lamborn (R), who has led the charge in Congress to end federal funding for public broadcasting, has recorded a video message encouraging private support for Rocky Mountain PBS.

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Colorado lawmakers on the Water Conservation Review Committee have rejected a proposal that would have required low-flow toilets for new construction or remodeling…and, while the future of Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs is still up in the air, a related question this election cycle will determine whether or not to repeal a 1949 [...]

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The Colorado State University System Board of Governors voted unanimously this morning to select Lesley Di Mare as the next president of CSU-Pueblo…and, One of this year’s Nobel Prize winners in physics is Saul Perlmutter, who heads the Supernova Cosmology Project in California, and a Colorado College professor works on the project team.

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Two more people have died in Colorado and one in Kansas in cases linked to a listeria outbreak, which raises the death toll to 18 nationally…and, the Garden of the Gods has been designated as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 by the American Planning Association as part of [...]

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Organizers say about 6,000 people attended President Barack Obama’s speech in Denver today…Colorado Springs Utilities is reviewing developers’ proposals to build a 50-megawatt wind farm in what would be the city’s first wind power project…and, Pueblo police officers have accepted a proposal to work a four-day, 10-hour workday in a union vote over the [...]

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Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family says it’s working with abortion rights supporters in an attempt to find common ground…and, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a warning regarding cantaloupes from the Rocky Ford region after 16 reported cases of Listeria developed across five states.

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference say they want the next president to focus on bipartisanship, faith, security and lower taxes.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Earl Lloyd, who died Thursday, once recalled telling a young man who thanked him for blazing a trail, “Man, you owe me absolutely nothing.”
 

February 27, 2015 | NPR · The family of Steven Sotloff said they hoped the man identified as Mohammed Emzawi is brought to justice. The daughter of aid worker David Haines said she wanted a “bullet between … [his] eyes.”
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · The Star Trek actor, writer, poet and photographer has died of lung disease at 83. NPR’s Neda Ulaby has a look back at the long career of the man who was (and was not) Spock.
 

February 27, 2015 | NPR · In the film about a toxic Hollywood, John Cusack plays a self-help guru whose clients include Julianne Moore. It’s full of anxious shoptalk and name dropping, druggy kids and druggier grown-ups.
 

February 27, 2015 | NPR · Colson Whitehead’s book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It’s a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.
 

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February 27, 2015 | WXPN · The man who chooses music for shows like Weeds and True Blood discusses making his own album.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · The retro singer-songwriter proclaims his love for a charming and alarming Hoosier girl who bats right, throws left.
 

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February 27, 2015 | NPR · Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners features this week a selection of drum fills handpicked by Steve Jordan. Hear the fill and match it to the song.
 

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