Construction is set to begin on Interstate 25 in north Colorado Springs. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the $66-million project is intended to relieve congestion.

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Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation remain on full snow shift across the state, and are expected to remain on hand through tomorrow morning. As of early afternoon, CDOT says Eastern Colorado is the trouble spot, with a number of closures.

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The Wetmore Fire is 100% contained as of this afternoon…El Paso County Health officials are reporting the first hospitalized flu patients this season…Hurricane Sandy may be thousands of miles away from Colorado, but it has led to flight cancellations.

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The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs….AAA says Coloradans are paying less at the gas pump than last week…Two of the four candidates in the race for the 3rd congressional seat will take part in a debate tonight night in Pueblo…Thirty-seven years after he was declared missing during the rescue of an American ship crew that was seized by the Khmer Rouge, a Colorado Marine native to LaJunta has been buried with military honors.

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Funding for a program that helps beautify roads across Colorado is ending this month. Congress passed a Transportation Bill earlier this year that scraps funding for the National Scenic Byways program. The program pays for things like signs, pull-outs and other tourist attractions alongside several highways. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

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Interstate 25 will close in both directions through Denver tomorrow for the 2012 presidential debate at the University of Denver. From 5 until 10 PM, the Colorado Department of Transportation will close about six miles of the interstate, from Santa Fe Drive (US 85) to Hampden Avenue (US 285).

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Pueblo’s City Council decides to vote October 9th on benefits for domestic partners…The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $200-thousand dollar grant to conduct a feasibility study on locating a spaceport in Denver.

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Delays are keeping the I-25 north to US 50 ramp in Pueblo closed longer than anticipated.

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Cyclists were about an hour ahead of schedule today as they rode into Colorado Springs on the 5th stage of the USA Pro Challenge…Colorado Highway 67 between Florence and Wetmore has reopened…Colorado health officials are reporting 12 people hospitalized for West Nile virus.

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For seven days across Colorado, transportation is interrupted, delayed and detoured by the USA Pro Challenge. Major highways are closed, and cities like Aspen shut down streets and intersections for the event. For the agencies responsible, like the Colorado Department of Transportation, it’s the culmination of months of planning.

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State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek is now open to all lanes. A sinkhole closed the route last Saturday, and the roadway was opened on one-lane traffic earlier this week. The Colorado Department of Transportation says the sinkhole is now repaired, at a cost of an estimated $112,000.

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State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek is now open to one-lane traffic after a sinkhole closed the route over the weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation has installed a portable signal, alternating the lane between northbound and southbound traffic. The signal alternates direction every five minutes. Vehicles wider than 12 feet are still prohibited [...]

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State Highway 67 remains closed to all traffic just north of Cripple Creek. The sinkhole is on the northbound side of the highway, and efforts to open the southbound lane were delayed due to issues with the temporary traffic signal. The Colorado Department of Transportation expects a new signal tomorrow, and says the highway [...]

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Wind power giant Vestas has announced it’s laying off workers at its Pueblo facility…Trinidad Mayor John Rino has resigned effective immediately…Officials say State Highway 67 near Cripple Creek remains closed after a sinkhole opened over a mineshaft under the roadway.

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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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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 wants to go “where no man has gone before”–by throwing its hat into the ring to try and become a hub of commercial space flight. The Colorado Spaceport is expected to be in place next year. But as Bente Birkeland reports, the journey is just beginning and Colorado does have competition.

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The Highway 24 hole is 100-feet deep, and has shut down traffic between Leadville and the Vail Valley, where many residents commute to work each day. But this is more than your average sinkhole. As Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, this particular hole gives a glimpse into Leadville’s past, [...]

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The large hole that has shut down traffic on Highway 24 northwest of Leadville could affect plans for upcoming bike races, including the ProCycling Challenge. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports.

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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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Update: US 50 is now reopen; Spike Buck Fire is contained.

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The Springer Fire burning just miles away from Lake George is now at 10% containment…Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the Metropolitan State College of Denver does not have legal authority to create a discounted tuition category for undocumented immigrants…Colorado Springs plans to end the Front Range Express bus service that runs from the city up to Denver.

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News

December 26, 2014 | NPR · Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta’s body was recovered after his abduction earlier this week in the southern state of Guerrero, where 43 students disappeared in September.
 

December 26, 2014 | WNYC · A foundation that supports first responders killed in the line of duty says it will take over the mortgages of the two New York City police officers killed last week as donations begin to come in.
 

December 26, 2014 | WAMU · For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the “world’s greatest deliberative body.”
 

Arts & Life

December 26, 2014 | NPR · This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.
 

December 26, 2014 | NPR · Editors at Longform read hundreds of print and online journalism pieces each year. Co-founder Max Linsky talks to Audie Cornish about highlights from 2014, from literary stalwarts and upstarts alike.
 

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.
 

Music

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · A brilliant jazz improviser who toured with Count Basie and Billie Holiday, DeFranco devised many new paths for his instrument as small-group bebop overtook the big bands of the Swing Era.
 

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren’t just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.
 

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR’s Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.
 

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