Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    DENVER - Some called it "magic," others merely said "acceptable," but before the gavel fell on sine die for Colorado's 2015 General Assembly, a compromise was worked out to reduce standardized testing in Colorado public schools. Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill....

  • Hickenlooper signs bills that reduce amount of tests for Colorado students

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper signed two bills Wednesday morning that will reduce the time Colorado students spend taking standardized tests by an estimated 30 hours between kindergarten and graduation. "This was the bill of the session. It was the most difficult bill, but...

  • Hickenlooper discusses southern Colorado flooding, bills awaiting signature

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    PUEBLO - Gov. John Hickenlooper pledged to help southern Colorado rebuild flood-damaged roads Friday as he spoke to the powerful Action 22 lobby in Pueblo for a legislative session review. "We're going to help you in any way we can to get the roads rebuilt, but the water is to be...

  • Report released by Gov. Hickenlooper outlines what's needed to avoid Colorado military base closures

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    If Colorado wants to stave off military base closures - and come out ahead in threatened 2017 realignments - the state must invest in transportation near key facilities and guard against encroachment issues, particularly at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. That's according to an...

  • Report on state's military impact to be released

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Gov. John Hickenlooper will release the results of a $300,000 study of Colorado's military institutions ordered by lawmakers last year to help fend off potential federal cuts to military bases across the nation. The Report on the Comprehensive Military Value and Economic Impact of...

  • Bills viewed as a way to build trust between Colorado police, citizens

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    DENVER - In a nation riled by a slew of cases of fatal police brutality or shooting of unarmed suspects, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed six bills last week aimed at "restoring trust" between the Colorado's law enforcement agencies and the community. "The relationship between law...

  • Colorado Springs church rises from fire with packed house

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    The Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson on Sunday gave a powerful sermon about "crossing over" to "new territory" despite challenges as he rededicated the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church three years after a fire destroyed the old building. "If you're going to get to new territory you've got...

  • Virginia woman arrested after overnight shooting in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    An overnight shooting at a Colorado Springs dance club left a man hospitalized in critical condition on Sunday. A man is in critical but stable condition following a shooting at 3113 S. Academy Blvd. Sunday morning at 2 a.m. Stephanie Gonzalez, a 25-year-old woman visiting from...

  • Springs Spree board to consider if Planned Parenthood can have booth at festival

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been told it could not have booth space at the annual Springs Spree festival because it is a group barred by the event's rules from participating. Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs, said that while Planned Parenthood does...

  • Hickenlooper calls Jeffco snub a 'partisan' move

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper fired back at a perceived snub from Jefferson County Schools on Wednesday after two high schools refused to let him hold a bill-signing ceremony on school property. "The last time I was at Lakewood High School, Katy Perry was there and somehow she...

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