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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April 25, 2017 | NPR · It’s a pilot project to reach youth who are at risk of infection — and reluctant to come to clinics because of the stigma around HIV/AIDS. Is anyone buying?
 

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April 25, 2017 | NPR · Siegel has spent more than 40 years at NPR — and more than three decades as host of All Things Considered. He says he will be leaving that role in January to “begin a new phase of life.”
 

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April 25, 2017 | KHN · Some urge ending funding to the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and moving those 8 million kids to marketplace plans. But research shows the out-of-pocket costs to many families would soar.
 

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April 25, 2017 | NPR · A new NBC comedy has a lot of 30 Rock DNA, and it shows. While it’s uneven at first, viewers who stick with it will get a satisfying blast of very silly jokes.
 

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April 25, 2017 | NPR · It’s the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain.
 

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April 24, 2017 | NPR · Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.
 

Music

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April 25, 2017 | NPR · Sentient beings and mysteries await as the experimental hip-hop group announces a new album and tour dates.
 

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April 25, 2017 | NPR · The gorgeous new song feels like an elegy to lost love but may be more of an ode to the Roman god of thievery.
 

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April 25, 2017 | NPR · Tied to the one-year anniversary of her Lemonade project, she will be funding “Formation Scholars” at four institutions of higher learning, including two historically black colleges.
 

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