As the official Election Day draws near, both Democrats and Republicans are quietly making plans for possible recounts…Issue 300 in Colorado Springs questions whether voters would prefer an elected “strong” mayor instead of having a city manager.

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Researchers hope a new $17 million, 3-year study will help them reduce rising numbers of suicides in the military by determining for the first time which programs work and which don’t…Voters in Colorado will decide November 3rd on Amendment 62, also known as the “personhood amendment”…and, the outsourcing company Affiliated Computer Services Inc. says it [...]

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Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter plans to close a $262 million shortfall in this year’s state budget by using federal stimulus funds and severance taxes…At a recent voter forum, Democrat Pete Lee and Republican Karen Cullen debated jobs and trimming the budget, in their bids to represent District 18 of the Colorado state legislature.

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The Army has set up a new veterinary medical unit at Fort Carson to treat U.S. and allied military working dogs…and, the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crops program has approved funding for seventeen projects, after receiving an award from the U.S.D.A.

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The Bureau of Land Management says it has completed its review of three nominations for oil shale research leases on federal land in Colorado and Utah…The Environmental Protection Agency continues its cleanup of an old lead mine on Hardscrabble Mountain, north of Westcliffe…and, The Colorado National Monument near Fruita is revisiting the Jurassic Period by [...]

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Colorado lawmakers are considering ways to cut up to 1.1 billion dollars from the state budget…4th District Democratic Congresswoman Betsy Markey declined to show up at a planned debate with Republican challenger Cory Gardner, saying she will not participate in events unless two minor-party candidates are included…and, Loveland officials say they won’t replace a controversial [...]

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Colorado lawmakers, school officials, and children’s organizations gathered at the state capitol today for a rally opposing three tax-limit initiatives that are on the November ballot…and, The Otero County Sheriff’s Department is still looking for information regarding a break-in last week at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic site.

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The United States Air Force has extended a public comment period on a proposal to establish a low altitude flight area for training purposes…and, Colorado looks at methods for tracking medical marijuana.

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A watchdog group that tracks campaign spending says Colorado’s Senate contest ranks second in elections attracting outside spending this year…and, the number of infants and children in proper car seats has declined in Colorado, according to a study released late last week by the state Department of Transportation.

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Colorado Springs medical marijuana businesses plan to fight proposed zoning rules that would restrict their distance to religious institutions….Organizers have canceled a planned October debate between candidates for the 4th Congressional District…and, a ceremony at Rocky Ford High School tomorrow marks the installment of solar energy systems.

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Warm, dry weather is fueling the nearly 1,000 acre Resevior Fire burning west of Loveland…and, the last day for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement regarding the proposed “Over the River” art project is today, ending a 15-day extension issued by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Photos: Boulder air quality…the fire from Flagtaff Mountain…the road blocked to Sunshine Canyon…media staging area…and a series of shots showing an Erickson Air-Crane helicopter circling in to Wonderland Lake in Boulder to siphon 2500 gallons of water . The process takes about 45-seconds, and helicopters have been circling all day. Credit: Ellen Mahoney.

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Firefighters continue fighting a blaze in Boulder County…Gubernatorial candidates issues statement…and the Colorado State Fair sets attendance record.

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Coloradans will get to weigh in on the health care overhaul this fall with a ballot measure that attempts to block the government from requiring people to have health insurance…Colorado Springs Utilities and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have reached a price agreement on the Southern Delivery System.

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Authorities say they have recaptured an inmate who escaped from a maximum-security prison in northeastern Colorado…The University of Colorado at Boulder is reviewing the future of its journalism and mass communication program…and, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has an inhabitant returning to the area that hasn’t been seen there in forty years.

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Colorado has failed once again to win millions of dollars from a federal education grant to help reform schools…and, American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has picked former Republican lawmaker Pat Miller as his running mate in this November’s election.

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · The $694 million Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Two Americans infected with Ebola in West Africa are flying to Atlanta. They will be the first patients treated for the disease in the U.S. What’s the risk of Ebola spreading during the transport?
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · Calling the shootings “questionable,” a civil rights attorney in Oakland requested action by the Justice Department. The Salinas police chief said that would be premature.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · The newest Marvel comic adaptation features five motley warriors, including a raccoon and a tree, against an armada of space villains. The big-budget effects-laden movie is light and funny.
 

August 1, 2014 | NPR · Academy Award-winning makeup artist Dick Smith has died at age 92. In a career that spanned more than six decades, Smith was responsible for bringing some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters to life. Ari Shapiro speaks with Sue Cabral-Ebert, the president of the Make Up and Hair Stylists Guild, about Smith’s legendary career.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In ’80s and ’90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.
 

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