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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    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 Department of Defense institutions and guard against encroachment issues at existing facilities, particularly the Pinon Canyon...

  • Nebraska abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday over the governor's objections in a move pushed through the Legislature with unusual backing from conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete...

  • Colorado Springs affordable housing plans come under scrutiny

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Blueprints to provide affordable housing, emergency shelter, neighborhood help and other federally funded boosts in Colorado Springs came under citizen and City Council scrutiny Tuesday. The council approved, by 6-to-3 votes, all three plans presented by Aimee Cox, the city's manager...

  • Council approves emergency funds for storm damage to Colorado Springs

    BY BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Recent rainstorms have spawned at least $5 million worth of unforeseen damage to Colorado Springs storm systems, trails and parks. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved Mayor Steve Bach's request for a $5 million emergency appropriation to tackle the worst of those...

  • Senator: Wait times for Colorado Springs veterans is 'unacceptable'

    By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 14 hr ago

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said he's pushing for a permanent deal to fund completion of the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora before a three-week funding accord expires. Bennet, who stopped at the future site of a veteran-aimed charity in Colorado Springs Tuesday, said the...

  • Groundbreaking is this week for I-25/Cimarron Street project

    BY STEPHEN HOBBS stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -

    After more than 40 years, it's almost here. Groundbreaking for the Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street interchange project happens Wednesday, and many are relieved, to say the least. "I'm very excited about it," said El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark. The $116 million...

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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    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...

  • El Paso County studying a change to district boundaries

    BY MARIA ST. LOUIS-SANCHEZ maria.sanchez@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Three options could change the Board of El Paso County Commissioner districts for many county residents. The proposed districts, announced at a May 12 commissioners meeting, are intended to help the growing county population be equitable across the districts while preserving the key...

  • Events in and around Colorado Springs this week

    The Gazette -
    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The annual Evergreen Cemetery Memorial Day Commemoration is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expressway. The 10th At 11 a.m., U.S. Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers will lead the procession from the Evergreen Chapel to the Spanish American War site to...

  • Pueblo County seeks disaster declaration for flood damage

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Pueblo County says it will seek a disaster declaration after rain and flooding pounded the region over the past three weeks. The declaration includes a request for help from the government to repair damage to public structures caused by heavy rain and flooding that...

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