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US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

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The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.

Hickenlooper has comfortable lead over challengers

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DENVER — A new poll suggests that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has a comfortable lead...

Colorado lawmaker pushes for school arrest stats

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DENVER — A Colorado state senator says she'll be pushing law enforcement agencies to report...

Bill prohibiting jail for fines heads to governor

News: Local News Published: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

DENVER — A proposal to stop jailing poor people for being unable to pay municipal court fines...

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  • Parents of Aurora victims slam Rep. Mike Coffman

    AURORA — Parents of two people killed in the Aurora theater shooting are calling on Rep. Mike Coffman to support universal background checks. Coffman opposes a bill in Congress that would expand background checks to almost anyone purchasing a firearm. The parents of Jessica Ghawi (GAH'-wee) and Alex Sullivan on Wednesday said that Coffman...

  • Colorado Springs City Council gives green light to private marijuana club

    City Hall chambers erupted with cheers and about 30 supporters hugged and congratulated each other Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City Council allowed a private downtown club for marijuana smokers to remain open. The city administration had sought to close the club - Studio A64 at the corner of Colorado and Wahsatch avenues - but the...

  • City Council eyeing charter change to allow it to have its own staff, attorney

    The Colorado Springs City Council needs its own attorney and needs to be able to hire and fire its own staff, council President Keith King says. He says the city's charter, which is the city's constitution, needs to be changed to give the City Council those powers. He proposed the charter amendments Tuesday. He wants the proposed amendments on...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper has comfortable lead over Colorado challengers

    DENVER — A new poll shows that Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has a comfortable lead over his potential Republican challengers, backed by support from women and unaffiliated voters. The poll from Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) University released Wednesday found that 52 percent of Colorado voters approve of the job Hickenlooper is doing....

  • Colorado lawmakers trying to restrict solitary confinement

    DENVER — A year after a Colorado inmate held in solitary confinement allegedly gunned down the state prisons chief upon being released, lawmakers are moving to restrict use of the punishment for the mentally ill. The bill continues the efforts that Colorado Department of Corrections Director Tom Clements had been working on, and highlights...

  • Manitou to power its municipal buildings from SunShare's solar garden

    Manitou Springs has agreed to buy all of the electricity for city-owned facilities from a solar array that will be built in the Security area by Colorado Springs-based SunShare, becoming what the company says is the first city in the nation to have all of its facilities powered by a so-called "solar garden." Manitou Springs will pay 5.6 cents...

  • Colorado Springs City Council votes 7-1 to spend $2 million on potholes

    The Colorado Springs City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to allocate $2 million from the city's reserve fund for pothole repair. Council member Joel Miller cast the lone no-vote. Check back at Gazette.com for updates to this story.

  • Council told to abandon Colorado Springs' master plan, instead focus on short-term fixes

    Colorado Springs' city staff asked the City Council to abandon a three-year plan to update the city's master plan and instead spend the money on some short-term fixes. Peter Wysocki, the city's planning and development director, told the council Monday that there might not be enough money to complete a $500,000 update to the city's...

  • Sen. Bennet brings his 'Innovation' tour to Colorado Springs company

    U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., was in Colorado Springs to tour Diversified Machine Systems. The tour was part of Bennet's CO Innovation Tour to highlight innovation and entrepreneurship across the state. DMS employs 66 to make large precision-cutting and shaping machines. Last year, DMS won the Colorado Springs Regional Business...

  • Vice President Biden set to speak at Air Force Academy graduation

    Vice President Joe Biden will address 1,000 graduating Air Force Academy cadets at a ceremony in Falcon Stadium May 28. The White House confirmed Biden as the graduation speaker Monday. The academy's graduation rites have traditionally included a to-flight speaker and will again feature a flyover of F-16 fighter of the Air Force...

  • Colorado slows medical marijuana crackdown

    DENVER — Colorado appears to be giving up on its effort to crack down on medical marijuana growers who are using a legal loophole to grow high numbers of pot plants without the kind of oversight faced by commercial growers. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment said in a statement Monday that it was reviewing responses to...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill increasing Colorado budget reserves

    DENVER — Colorado's rainy day fund will grow again with a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. The legislation increases the state's general fund reserves from 5 percent to 6.5 percent to $576.4 million. During the recession, the reserves dipped to about 2 percent. Hicknelooper said Monday before he signed the bill...

  • Senate passes Colorado traffic camera ban

    DENVER — The Colorado Senate passed a statewide ban on red-light and speeding cameras despite objections from some lawmakers that the bill would decrease traffic safety. The Senate passed the bill Monday on a 21-14 and the House will now consider it. Supporters say the cameras are used by local governments to generate revenue, not improve...

  • Colorado GOP prepares for primaries

    Colorado Republicans are gearing up for a tough primary season. Even weathered incumbents such as Rep. Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton drew primary opponents at last week's GOP assembly. And in the race for governor, a fairly evenly matched showdown among four candidates with diverse backgrounds could get ugly quick, although so far that's...

  • Colorado nears decision on spending marijuana taxes

    DENVER — Colorado budget-writers are nearing a decision on how new marijuana taxes should be spent. The Joint Budget Committee is expected to approve a spending proposal Monday that involves saving most of the recreational marijuana tax money. However, some would be spent on youth drug-use prevention and education. Monday's vote is just...

  • This week around Colorado Springs: Your calendar

    Documentary "America's Longest War" which chronicles U.S. government's 40-year war on drugs, beginning with President Richard Nixon's efforts to today's billion dollar market, will show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. How do kids succeed? Colorado Springs...

  • More defendants in Colorado tested for competency

    DENVER — Colorado has seen a steady rise in the past decade in the number of defendants being referred for mental exams to ensure they are competent to stand trial, The Denver Post reported Sunday, saying the increase mirrors national trends and highlights a lack of treatment for the mentally ill. From 2004 to 2013, the number of competency...

  • Revenge porn penalties considered in Colorado

    DENVER — Colorado is trying to stop so-called "revenge porn." The proposal is a second attempt this year to address this new concern brought on by technological advances. A bill before the state Legislature would make it a misdemeanor for adults to publish explicit pictures or videos of someone, causing them "serious emotional distress."...

  • FEMA checks went to homeless Colorado Springs campers

    A federal agency sent at least 69 checks totaling thousands of dollars to homeless people in Colorado Springs who claimed their camps were decimated in last summer's floods. The numbers were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by The Gazette, which reported in November that checks from FEMA ranging from $1,200 to...

  • Colorado Springs City Council divided about adding marijuana question to November ballot

    It's anybody's guess whether the Colorado Springs City Council will put a question on the November ballot asking if residents want to allow recreational marijuana sales. Members of a nonprofit group, Every Vote Counts, will begin lobbying this month for City Council's support to put a citizen-initiated ordinance question on the ballot....

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