Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Colorado GOP appalled over Klingenschmitt's act-of-God comment in baby's death

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado Springs Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt said in an online video that a pregnant woman in Longmont who had her baby cut from her womb was the result of "a curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb." Republicans and Democrats...

  • Colorado officials, pot industry support more regulation in wake of massive bust

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DENVER - As Colorado grapples with a loophole in medical marijuana laws, state and federal prosecutors on Thursday unveiled details of a large-scale illegal grow that trafficked tens of thousands of pounds of pot out of Colorado. The 32-person indictment is being called the largest...

  • Teachers' rally shines light on Colorado legislature's work toward education consensus

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DENVER - As teachers rallied on the west steps of the state Capitol on Wednesday chanting "more than a score," lawmakers inside scrambled to find consensus on reducing the number of standardized tests. Students starting kindergarten in the fall will be mandated to take close to 30...

  • Colorado's gun debate will likely rage on for years

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado's mandatory background checks on private gun sales and a ban on high-capacity magazines are unlikely to be repealed this year, but only because of a razor-thin margin. "I think eventually they will be overturned, who knows when, but I think eventually," says Rep. Ed...

  • Hiker who died in fall off Colorado Springs peak was 'proud' of previous climb

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The weekend before 28-year-old Christopher Schumacher died on Blodgett Peak, he had his first successful winter summit of a Colorado fourteener, making it to the top of Mount Elbert. "It's something I know he was proud of," said his friend, Justin Giffin, who lives in Aurora. The two...

  • Fire weather watch in effect for Colorado Springs, El Paso County

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Fire danger is amping up today and tomorrow in the southeastern Colorado plains including Colorado Springs and El Paso County as winds pick up, humidity levels drop and temperatures climb to near 80 degrees. The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued a red flag warning Monday...

  • Bi-partisan support in Colorado statehouse for full audit of state's health insurance exchange

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    DENVER - Rep. Dan Nordberg has tried for two years to get a full audit of the nonprofit Connect for Health that is spending millions in federal dollars to set up Colorado's health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Last year the bill died in the Senate. This year it's...

  • Legislative roundup: Bills signs, town hall planned

    Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Address protection granted to victims Starting immediately, victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking can use the state's Address Confidentiality Program to conceal their addresses in real estate transactions, information that most counties post online. Rep. Terri Carver,...

  • Colorado's economic growth could spark TABOR refunds but limit budget

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado taxpayers can expect to get money back from the state next year in TABOR refunds, but who will get how much - and the timpact that has on the state budget - is up in the air as economists try to navigate a revenue forecast rocked by waves in the oil and gas industry. Aside...

  • A twice-convicted sexual offender's participation at Colorado GOP event raises questions

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    A twice-convicted sex offender from El Paso County caused a stir Saturday at the Colorado Republicans' annual organization meeting by attending the event at Douglas County High School in support of the party's new vice chairman Derrick Wilburn. Ryan Call, who presided over the...