State Senator Dave Schultheis (R) of Colorado Springs is proposing a religious bill of rights for public schools…Area travelers will soon be able to fly direct from Colorado Springs to Washington D.C., according to the Gazette…The number of background checks for firearms were up last year…and, researchers plan to launch an acoustic counter-attack against bark […]

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Commuter bus service between Colorado Springs and Denver will continue for at least the rest of the year…Colorado and national mining officials say the “new energy economy,” usually associated with renewable energy, starts with their industry…and, Compassion International says the State Department has confirmed that a body found in rubble from the earthquake in Haiti […]

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State lawmakers are once again moving away from efforts to make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense. It’s currently a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement can only issue a fine for not buckling up if a person has been pulled over for a different violation. Bente Birkeland reports from the state house.

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Some Colorado lawmakers want to put an end to Gov. Bill Ritter’s fleet vehicle program and bar the use of state-owned vehicles for tax-free commuting unless it contributes to public safety…Prosecutors in southeastern Colorado say they won’t pursue charges against an ex-convict accused of making a threat against an Amtrak train…and, President Barack Obama will […]

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An Amtrak rider who alarmed fellow passengers in Colorado by talking about terrorist threats on a cell phone was pulled from the train in La Junta, and faces a felony charge of endangering public transportation…Gov. Bill Ritter is urging a group looking at water issues across the state to offer some ideas by the time […]

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The board that oversees Colorado’s troubled state pension plan has approved a proposal by lawmakers to try and fix it…Democratic state Representative Edward Casso of Commerce City is relieved of his committee vice chairmanship…Amtrak suspends service between Denver and Chicago, due to the weather…and, the Colorado Department of Tourism declares winners of its “Snow at […]

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The Colorado Department of Revenue mistakenly sends back-tax notices to residents with contested conservation easements…the Air Force Academy says religious tolerance at the school has improved…and, AAA predicts about one-third of the population in the mountain west will travel more than 50 miles for the holidays.

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Senator Michael Bennet is co-sponsoring a bill intended up todate an 1872 hard-rock mining law…A train derails west of Denver…and Saguache residents hold a meeting to discuss a proposal from Tessera Solar seeking to build a solar power plant.

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Starting today, Colorado drivers will face a fifty dollar fine if caught sending text messages from behind the wheel. Drivers under age 18 are banned from using cell phones all together. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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Today’s “Citizen Report” is an encore presentation from Jim Robinson, who talks about traffic, and one particular traffic villain.

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(The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between KRCC and the Colorado Springs Gazette. More citizen journalism is available at Fresh Ink.)

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Governor Bill Ritter delivered the transportation budget for next fiscal year to lawmakers on Monday. It’s a 6 percent increase from last year and includes some money from the FASTER bill, which increases vehicle registration fees. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.

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Boulder Democratic Representative Jared Polis sits on a committee currently holding hearings on legislation aimed at preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity…Highway 5 to the summit of Mount Evans is officially closed for the season…and, concern over Cripple Creek’s donkey herd.

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A committee of lawmakers makes proposals regarding Colorado’s state-chartered workers compensation insurance company…the state’s unemployment rate falls…and, the Ski Train may operate this year, afterall.

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On September 1, 2009 By

A draft reports estimates $15 billion dollars for passenger rail along I-70 from Denver to ski country, and an additional $5 billion for a route from Ft. Collins to Pueblo…Freedom Communications, Inc., owner of the Gazette, files for bankruptcy…and, Republican Tom Wiens considers running for Senate.

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On August 5, 2009 By

Colorado’s Title Board approves ballot language for a measure that aims to protect embryos…Governor Bill Ritter says he won’t ask for a tax increase to help balance the state budget…and, a new law aimed at protecting bicyclists goes into effect.

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On July 14, 2009 By

Pension fund loses money…drilling near Project Rulison…and, Colorado’s portion of the Ports to Plains highway gets federal stimulus dollars.

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Examining long-term options for the state budget…looking at the possibility of high-speed rail connecting Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas…and, talking about an art project involving the Arkansas River.

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On June 24, 2009 By

CSU-Pueblo increases tuition…Colorado Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry says Republicans need to admit they made mistakes…Lynx kittens discovered in the state…and, AAA says 4th of July travel estimates for Rocky Mountain states will buck the national trend.

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Starting in December Colorado drivers will face a fifty dollar fine if caught sending text messages behind the wheel. Governor Bill Ritter signed the texting ban Monday evening. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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The state senate has considerably watered down a bill that would have banned drivers from using hand held cell phones. As Bente Birkeland reports, now drivers would only be banned from sending text messages.

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Drivers and front seat passengers could face a 75-dollar fine for not wearing a seat belt under a new bill that cleared the senate transportation committee on Tuesday. It passed on a party line vote with all the Republicans on the committee voting against it. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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Colorado is on the path to joining a host of other states that ban drivers from using hand held cell phones. House bill 1094 passed the house on Wednesday and now goes to the senate for consideration. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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A measure that aims to make it safer for bicyclists to travel on Colorado highways has now cleared both legislative chambers. It passed the house on Monday with bi-partisan support, but not without some controversy. It next heads to the Governor’s desk. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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