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Lamborn makes push to allow religious expression at academy

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U.S. Rep Doug Lamborn penned a letter signed by 21 of his colleagues demanding that the Air...

Legislation sprouts from the ashes; disaster-related measures expected to win bipartisan approval

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Colorado lawmakers are gearing up for the 2014 fire season, prepping to spend millions on a new firefighting air fleet, tax incentives...

Colorado budget finalized, heads to governor

News: Education Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

DENVER — Lawmakers approved a $23 billion budget for Colorado next year, sending to the...

City for Champions United States Olympic Museum rendering December 18, 2013

City for Champions organizers plan to visit other downtown stadiums

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Organizers of the City for Champions plan to visit at least 11 cities that have built downtown...

Castle Rock council approves open carry election

News: Local News Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

CASTLE ROCK — The Castle Rock Town Council has agreed to let voters decide whether or not to...

Colorado Democrats enter abortion-rights debate

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DENVER — A symbolic election-year fight over abortion rights is headed to the Colorado Senate....

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  • Youth tanning bed limits rejected in Colorado

    DENVER — A proposal to ban children from artificial tanning beds has been rejected in the Colorado Legislature. A Senate committee voted 4-3 against the tanning bed proposal on Wednesday. The measure had already passed the House. At least 33 states and Washington, D.C., limit or ban childhood use of commercial tanning beds. Colorado has...

  • Republican convention scouts visit Denver

    DENVER — Denver is putting out the welcome mat for a group from the Republican National Committee on the first of six visits to potential hosts for the party's national convention in 2016. Committee officials want to take a closer look at venues, hotels and financing on Wednesday. The Republican National Committee announced earlier this...

  • Lamborn bolsters campaign with $100,000 loan

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn raised just $38,253 during the first quarter of 2014 but gave his campaign a bump with a $100,000 loan guaranteed by the congressman. Lamborn was forced into an unexpected primary last week when Republican challenger Bentley Rayburn won support from enough state delegates to get his name on the June 24 primary ballot....

  • Senate approves Colorado college tuition cap

    DENVER — A tuition cap and funding boost would be headed to Colorado's public colleges and universities under a bill approved Tuesday by in the state Senate. The Senate voted 34-1 for a bill to lower maximum tuition hikes from 9 percent to 6 percent. The bill also adds about $100 million to higher education funding. Public colleges saw deep...

  • Ethics panel dismisses complaint against Hickenlooper

    DENVER - An ethics complaint against Gov. John Hickenlooper was dismissed Monday in a 4-1 vote by the Independent Ethics Commission. Commissioners ruled that Hickenlooper did not violate state ethics laws by using state employees to help prepare for a Democratic Governors Association conference held in Aspen. Hickenlooper also accepted a free...

  • Udall concerned military cuts could impact firefighting readiness

    Colorado's U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said the military is ready for another season of battling wildfires from the air, but remains worried that planned cuts could impact readiness. The Democrat visited U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs on Monday and met with top brass about wildfire preparedness. The command...

  • Panel dismisses Gov. Hickenlooper ethics complaint

    DENVER — Colorado's ethics panel ruled that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper did not violate the state's gift ban or improperly use staff time during his attendance at a Democratic Governors Association conference. The Independent Ethics Commission issued its ruling Monday after considering the case for months. The conservative group...

  • Tuition hike cap, college funding boost approved in Colorado Senate

    DENVER — Colorado's public colleges and universities will have lower tuition increase caps next year under a bill that won unanimous approval Monday in the state Senate. The Senate gave voice approval to a bill to lower maximum tuition hikes from 9 percent to 6 percent. The bill also adds about $100 million to higher education funding, an...

  • Packed Colorado Springs City Council agenda might be streamlined

    The clock struck midnight on April 8, and Colorado Springs City Council was still in session. The council convened at 11:30 a.m. in City Hall for a planning session and went into its regular meeting at 1 p.m. There was a short dinner break and then the council hunkered down for a five-hour public hearing for which nearly two dozen people had...

  • Mike Kopp, Scott Gessler make their way onto Republican primary ballot for Colorado governor

    BOULDER - In the five-way Republican showdown for the governor's office Saturday, former state lawmaker Mike Kopp and Secretary of State Scott Gessler eked their way onto the primary ballot. At the daylong event at the University of Colorado Coors Events Center, 3,961 voting GOP delegates listened to speeches from statewide candidates and...

  • This week: Your calendar of events around Colorado Springs

    Here's a look at what's happening around Colorado Springs this week: - The Colorado Springs Police Department will host a neighborhood and business watch program training class Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sand Creek Division, 4125 Center Park Drive. The class is open to the public and free of charge. - Cheyenne Mountain High...

  • Bach names RTA advisory board that will oversee City for Champions initiatives

    Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach on Friday announced 16 community leaders who will serve on the Regional Tourism Act Advisory Board, which will oversee development of the City of Champions. Appointments include three ex-officio members, nine community members and four representatives for each of the four projects in the City for Champions...

  • Lamborn forced into primary, Renfroe wins CD4 in upset

    BROOMFIELD - Congressman Doug Lamborn was unexpectedly forced into a primary Friday afternoon after a late-comer to the election, Bentley Rayburn, earned enough delegate support to put his name on the June ballot. Lamborn dominated the event getting 253 votes or 63 percent. Rayburn got 149 votes or 37 percent. A candidate is required to get...

  • Utilities: Effectiveness of NeuStream scrubber test system will not be shared

    How well did a test version of the $156 million Neumann Systems Group pollution scrubbers work on the downtown Colorado Springs power plant? Colorado Springs Utilities won't say publicly. Though the performance of the scrubbers has serious implications for air quality in the region and the future of the power plant, Utilities says...

  • Nonprofit group aims to get recreational pot on Colorado Springs November ballot

    Colorado Springs voters may get another chance to legalize recreational marijuana sales this November. A ballot measure that's been in the works for months is on the verge of being filed with the city clerk's office, said Mark Slaugh, director of the nonprofit Every Vote Counts. The ballot measure, Slaugh said Thursday afternoon, would...

  • Lamborn calls on Obama to deny visas to U.N. reps with terrorist ties

    Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are asking President Obama to sign legislation that would create presidential authority to bar United Nations representatives from entering the United States if they have known ties with terrorist groups. "If we don't do something, Iran could send an ambassador to the U.N....

  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage ...

  • Aerial firefighting bill gets changes, will re-emerge Monday

    DENVER - A bill that would launch a Colorado owned and operated aerial firefighting fleet hit some turbulance Thursday in the Senate agricultural committee and was held over until next week. Senate Bill 164, introduced by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and Senate President Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, underwent substantial changes from the...

  • $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    WASHINGTON — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government report released in November said the IRS issued nearly $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the previous year to...

  • City for Champions vote triggers legislation that's dividing two state agencies

    Legislation to tighten the Regional Tourism Act has created a rift between the Colorado Economic Development Commission and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. "It is awkward to feel like we are taking a position against the board," COEDIT's executive director Ken Lund told the commission at its monthly...

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