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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News

PR News/Hawaiian Airlines
April 21, 2014 | NPR · “Kid’s lucky to be alive,” an FBI spokesman says of the 16-year-old who authorities believe stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.
 

Reuters/Landov
April 21, 2014 | NPR · President Park Geun-hye says the captain did little to help the hundreds on board escape. More than 60 bodies have been recovered. More than 230 people, most of them high school students, are missing.
 

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April 21, 2014 | NPR · The 117-year-old road race is full of lore and rich with history. We talk to two men who likely know the marathon better than anyone else on the course today.
 

Arts & Life

AMC
April 21, 2014 | NPR · Sunday night’s episode capitalized at last on the show’s notoriously ambivalent, slow-burning approach to paying any attention to race.
 

April 21, 2014 | NPR · Also: a poem by Michele Glazer; the best books coming out this week.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe’s greatest social crises.
 

Music

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · One of the world’s best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It’s all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 20, 2014 | NPR · Sean Lennon has made one of the best recordings of his career, with help from bassist, singer and partner Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The two follow their acoustic debut with a fabulously fuzzy rock album.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · The natives of Mexico City offer a stripped-down, intimate recording that’s no less thrilling.
 

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