North Fork Fire victims will get a chance to tell their stories to state lawmakers on Monday. Lawmakers say one of the goals is to restore faith in state government…U.S. 24 near Leadville is expected to reopen this evening, following repairs to fix a 100-foot-deep hole that opened up a month ago.

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Senator Mark Udall says the federal response to the Waldo Canyon Fire serves as a good example of how agencies can work together. The comment comes after a meeting yesterday known as an After Action Review with forest officials, the military, and other firefighting agencies.

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President Barack Obama finished out his campaign swing through the state with a stop in Colorado Springs this afternoon. He spoke for nearly 30 minutes, and touched on energy, the economy, and education. Mr. Obama called higher education an economic necessity, and called for tax reforms aimed at helping the middle class.

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President Barack Obama focused on women’s health at a campaign stop in Denver this afternoon…The Colorado Department of Agriculture says a cow that died in Logan County in northeast Colorado had anthrax, and about 50 other dead cattle at the same ranch may have been exposed…Gov. John Hickenlooper has reportedly called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to talk about Sunday’s shootings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee that left seven people dead including the gunman.

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Today is the last day to register for unemployment assistance for residents affected by the Waldo Canyon fire…The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved low-interest disaster loan assistance for farmers, ranchers, businesses, homeowners and nonprofit organizations affected by wildfires, flooding and mudslides…Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…State budgets across the country are starting to show signs of stability according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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Colorado voters could see up to five ballot questions this fall. Several groups are still gathering signatures in the final days before Monday’s August 6th deadline…Archeologists at Mesa Verde National Park say a crack is threatening the southern half of the park’s largest and most famous cliff dwelling.

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Organizations tasked with distributing donated funds to residents affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire came together this morning to talk about how they are doing just that. For the Pikes Peak United Way and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, funds don’t go straight to individuals. Rather, they go to area nonprofit organizations directly [...]

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Governor Mitt Romney unveiled a plan for middle class America today in Jefferson County…A stretch of state highway 67 between Florence and Wetmore remains closed after heavy rains this week damaged a bridge near Wetmore.

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Rainfall this week over the Waldo Canyon burn scar has prompted flooding alerts and warnings throughout the Pikes Peak region, and even closed Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs for much of Monday night….Colorado to take center stage in presidential politics.

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Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey says his department is still numb after the death of one of his officers…Governor John Hickenlooper is separating from his wife of ten years, Helen Thorpe…and, the artist Christo is once again delaying the timeline for his Over the River project amid legal challenges against agencies that have given approvals for it.

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A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights or TABOR amendment can move forward…Today is the last day to register to vote for the Colorado Springs special election scheduled for late August…and, Governor John Hickenlooper and Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach have ordered all flags fly at half-staff tomorrow on public buildings in honor of Colorado Springs Police Officer Matthew Tyner, who was killed in the line of duty last week.

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A Colorado Springs police officer was killed today after the officer’s motorcycle crashed with a vehicle, the Gazette reports…Governor John Hickenlooper says a relief fund to help victims of the Aurora shooting has already reached nearly 2 million dollars.

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Some politicians are already calling for stricter gun laws nationally in the wake of last week’s deadly shootings in Aurora, but several Colorado lawmakers say it’s still too soon to say what the policy impacts could be….and, the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation says the death of astronaut Sally Ride means the loss of a truly inspiring leader.

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Visible smoke rose over the weekend from the Waldo Canyon burn area. Fire officials say they expect this, especially with the hot temperatures and lack of recent rainfall…President Barack Obama yesterday visited the University of Colorado Hospital to meet with family members of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at an Aurora movie theater…A Colorado film buff who witnessed the mass shooting at the screening of the Dark Knight Rises, urges people to use the tragedy to make the world a better place.

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Colorado’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 8.2 percent in June…Several Colorado moviegoers who watched a masked gunman shoot 71 people at a screening of the Dark Knight Rises say they initially thought his entrance was part of the film…and, the U.S. Department of Defense says three members of the Armed Forces were wounded in this morning’s movie theater shooting in Aurora and one is unaccounted for.

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Authorities have started to remove the bodies of 10 people killed early this morning at a movie theater in Aurora. Meanwhile, Governor John Hickenlooper says no words can express the broken hearts over the senseless mass shooting….The Denver Post reports a delay in notifications during the Waldo Canyon fire meant residents were in homes as houses began to ignite; the city says they will conduct a review but believe they worked as quickly as possible.

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture says West Nile Virus has shown up in two horses, one in Weld County, the other in Fremont County…A new naval attack submarine will bear the name of the centennial state. The last USS Colorado was decommissioned after World War II.

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The Colorado Attorney General’s office is expected to file its arguments against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that’s being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year…Forest officials are reminding people that the land within the burn area of the Waldo Canyon Fire is closed indefinitely.

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Pushed to the max in stressful situations, firefighters face a risk of sudden cardiac death that is three times higher than the rest of the population…The Gill Foundation this morning announced a $1.3 million gift to Rocky Mountain PBS by donating its Colorado Springs building to the media outlet.

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The Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, team held a closed briefing with other regional and federal groups today to talk about flooding potentials in the Waldo Canyon burn area…A lizard is on the loose in Teller County, prompting a reverse 911 call.

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Colorado cantaloupe growers are promoting new safeguards as Rocky Ford melons begin returning to grocery stores a year after a listeria outbreak killed 30 people nationwide…Senator Mark Udall toured two Boulder craft breweries today using the opportunity to tout his long-stalled bill that would cut in half the federal excise tax on beer.

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Not long after Highway 24 reopened in the Pikes Peak Region, a large hole has altered traffic along the route between Minturn and Leadville in the central part of the state. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, it’s not your average sinkhole that’s causing commuter headaches in the mountains.

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