• Victim gesture eases Colorado Springs woman's pain at sentencing in crash that killed 5-year-old

    BY JAKOB RODGERS jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Raphael Hameed wheeled up to the woman who killed his 5-year-old son and placed his hand on her back. The simple gesture of comfort as Xyrjah Goldston wept inside a Colorado Springs courtroom on Tuesday epitomized "one of the most unusual cases" ever before 4th Judicial District...

  • Children's Hospital pauses plans for new hospital in Colorado Springs

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Children's Hospital Colorado's vague plans for a new hospital on 80 partially developed acres in north Colorado Springs are "sort of paused" and could change over the summer, the hospital system's president and chief executive said Tuesday. "We continue to evaluate that," said Jena...

  • Colorado House, Senate play chicken on key bills as session nears end

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DENVER - In the three remaining days of the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers will tackle some hefty issues: reductions in standardized tests, a multibillion-dollar fix for the state's pension system and a postponement of TABOR refunds that would allow a billion dollars to be...

  • Not everyone is happy with compromise reached on Colorado testing bill

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DENVER - A group of senators favoring fewer tests and more local choice sounded off on a testing compromise Tuesday night, calling it a "back room deal" and "token bill" that falls short of what parents, teachers and students have been asking for the past 119 days of the legislative...

  • Colorado legislators put on a happy face over just-ended session

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Looking back on the just-ended Colorado legislative session, Democrat and Republican leaders were quick to praise bipartisan bills on testing, workforce development and policing - issues that gained widespread acceptance from the outset. But in their post-session talks, they seemed...

  • Busy final day of Colorado Legislature results in testing compromise

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    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

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    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

    By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    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...

  • Mayoral candidates want Colorado Springs to be a 'gigabit city'

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Mayoral candidates Mary Lou Makepeace and John Suthers differ on some fronts, but they share great enthusiasm to make Colorado Springs a gigabit city. Asked about that prospect during a forum at Colorado College last week, both simultaneously and instantaneously gave a resounding...

  • Colorado Springs mayoral candidates have different approaches as Election Day nears

    By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com -
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Mary Lou Makepeace and John Suthers want many of the same things - primarily to be mayor of Colorado Springs - but their campaign styles have been markedly different. Suthers' opening statement, reiterated at 10 candidate forums and on his fliers, begins: "I love Colorado Springs....

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