Colorado Springs police say a liquor store robbery Tuesday night on the city's south side left a clerk hospitalized and two suspects on the loose.
Officers responded to a call from Bourbon Box Liquors at 4399 Airport Rd., about 7:40 p.m.
Police say two suspects wearing ski masks entered the store brandishing handguns.
The suspects, described as black men in their 20s, assaulted the the male clerk, hitting him on the head with a gun.
The suspects fled on foot and were not caught, according to police.
The extent of the clerk's injuries has not been released by police.
Your chance to help Springs charities
As turkey prices rise, so does the need for community donations of the holiday bird. Turkey prices have jumped 3.1 percent over the past year, and Colorado Springs charities say donations have been slow and they still need hundreds of the birds with Thanksgiving less than two weeks away. See how to donate here.
A chance at free barbecue for a year
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 160, is having a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Customers can enjoy $1 pulled pork sandwiches; a lucky three will win free barbecue for a year. A ribon-cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. Read more here.
Carmody fills new prep reporter position
In a continuing effort to improve and expand our content, The Gazette has hired Kevin Carmody as a full-time high school sports reporter effective this week in the new position to work with the prep editor. Carmody has worked for The Gazette's sports department since 2008. Read more here.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 57degrees and mostly sunny skies Wednesday in Colorado Springs with an overnight low of 29.
Hickenlooper presenting budget to lawmakers
DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper is presenting Colorado lawmakers with a proposed budget for next year that is the first spending plan in years with no major cuts.
Hickenlooper unveiled his plan earlier this month and will present it to state budget writers on Wednesday.
Hickenlooper's proposal includes more funding for schools, colleges, Medicaid, and the first pay raise in five years for state workers. The state general fund that lawmakers control will grow to $8.1 billion next year, up from about $7.6 billion last year.
State economists say the Colorado economy is growing slowly, but it has gotten a boost from taxes on stock sales.
Colorado will exceed the pre-Great Recession peak in tax receipts this year, but the state is still $1.1 billion below the general fund level of 2007.
Government priority ideas to be released
DENVER (AP) — A group convened by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to get ideas for government priorities from Colorado residents in 60 statewide meetings over the past year is releasing its recommendations to lawmakers.
The meetings were meant to get an idea about how residents want government to spend money on areas including education, transportation and health care.
The initiative known as TBD Colorado stands for "To Be Determined." The recommendations will be released Wednesday morning.
Republicans skeptical of the initiative have expressed concerns that Hickenlooper is laying the groundwork for a tax increase. The governor's office has dismissed the notion that the initiative's goal is a tax hike.
National Western says it's staying in Denver
DENVER (AP) — The 106-year-old National Western Stock Show wants to stay in Denver despite facing $100 million in maintenance needs, show officials said Tuesday.
"We are not moving out of Denver at any time, period," said Paul Andrews, president and CEO of the show. "We are going to work to try to expand on the site."
The announcement appeared to put an end to the show's plans to build facilities away from the city's historic stockyards, which are now surrounded by homes and businesses.
Mayor Michael Hancock and other Denver officials said they did not know how much it would cost the city but said they're exploring ways to market and use the 95-acre complex for events year round to help generate money for maintenance and other improvements.
"We had to get over the question, is it going to stay in Denver? We have that answer now. It's staying in Denver," Hancock said during a news conference.
Dubbed the Super Bowl of stock shows, the 16-day event in January features rodeos and events like sheep-shearing or dog-agility contests. The event also acts as a convention for ranchers who attend the show to find bulls and cows that are bred for size.
Groundwater, setbacks up for oil, gas discussion
DENVER (AP) — Groundwater near oil and gas wells is up for discussion by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Industry regulators are set to hold a hearing Wednesday on proposed rules for sampling and monitoring of groundwater near proposed new wells. The tests could help show whether water has or hasn't been contaminated by drilling.
The commission will later consider testimony on how close wells can be to buildings, including as schools and homes.
Decisions are not expected until next month.
Oil and gas supporters fight regulations
DENVER (AP) — Colorado business groups are rallying against a ban approved by Longmont voters banning hydraulic fracturing in their city.
Leaders of chambers of commerce from the Denver area were among about 200 hundred people who gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to show their support for the oil and gas industry. They say energy can be developed responsibly and help the Colorado economy.
Longmont voters approved the ban in last week's election.
The Denver Post reports that residents in Aurora, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Collins, Lafayette and Louisville are working to introduce similar bans in their communities.
Colorado Oil and Gas Association officials say that Longmont's ban ignores community needs for oil and gas products, including electricity, commerce and transportation.
Mexico prez: US lacks moral authority for drug war
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two U.S. states limits that country's "moral authority" to ask other nations to combat or restrict illegal drug trafficking.
Calderon says the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado represents a fundamental change that requires the rethinking of public policy in the entire Western Hemisphere.
Calderon spoke in an interview with the newspaper Milenio that was published Tuesday.
Calderon was joined on Monday by leaders of Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica in calling for the Organization of American States to study the impact of the new laws and saying the United Nations' General Assembly should hold a special session on the prohibition of drugs by 2015 at the latest.
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1851, Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was first published in the United States.
In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.)
In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She made the trip in 72 days.)
In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.
In 1944, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “Opus No. 1” for RCA Victor.
In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.
-- Briargate Book Club, “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris, 10 a.m., Briargate Branch Library, 9475 Briar Village Point, free.
-- “Music at Midday,” 12:15 p.m., Colorado College, Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St., free.
-- World Traveler Book Club, “The Tea Rose” by Jennifer Donnelly, 3:30-5 p.m., East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., free.
-- “One Man’s Crusade to End Bullying” with motivational speaker and author Nick Vujicic, 6:30 p.m., Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel, 4285 N. Academy Blvd.
-- Keller Venture Grant Forum, 6:30 p.m., Colorado College, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free.
-- “Fracking the Social Contract,” 7 p.m., Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., free.
-- “Browns Canyon and the Quest to Save Colorado Rivers” narrated slideshow with John Stansfield, 7 p.m., All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., donations accepted to benefit the Pikes Peak Sierra Club.
-- Amnesty International Film Screening and Discussion - “The New Americans - Helping Teachers and Other Professionals Meet the Needs of Immigrant Families,” 7 p.m., Colorado College, W.E.S. Room, lower level of Worner Center, northwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street, free.
-- Mark Young, 7:30-9 p.m., Centennial Hall Auditorium, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, free.