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Associated Press Updated: April 15, 2014 at 7:45 am • Published: April 15, 2014 0

DENVER (AP) — A bill up for debate today in the Colorado Senate is described as a guarantee that state or local policies won't interfere with reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception. Democratic sponsors say the measure is needed to protect women's rights. Denver Catholic Archbishop Samuel Aquila (ah-KWIHL'-ah) plans to pray on the steps of the Capitol today in protest.

DENVER (AP) — A legislative budget committee decided not to vote yesterday on a $54 million plan from Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to spend marijuana revenues on education and outreach. Lawmakers said they are worried about the volatility of pot revenues. They are considering a bill to delay most marijuana spending a year.

DENVER (AP) — The judge in the Colorado theater shooting case is rejecting a defense attempt to block a second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes. But in rulings yesterday, the judge also says he'll keep the new examination on hold in case the defense wants to appeal his order. Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Dave Philipps of The Colorado Springs Gazette has won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigation into an increase in the number of traumatized combat veterans discharged from the Army. Philipps was named the winner in the national reporting category. The awards are American journalism's highest honor.

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