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  • Colorado among states most reliant on income tax

    DENVER — Colorado is among the top 10 states most reliant on income taxes for revenue, according to a new report concluding that income inequality is contributing to slower economic growth nationally. The report released Monday by the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's finds that from 1980 to 2011 the average annual state revenue...

  • Software error invalidates IDs for undocumented immigrants

    The first batch of Colorado driver's licenses, permits and ID cards issued to immigrants in the country illegally are invalid, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Officials said 524 cards were misprinted by the state's vendor, MorphoTrust, because of a software update error. The identification cards were properly issued and...

  • Colorado Springs ready for her close-up in C-SPAN feature

    What's so special about Colorado Springs? Ask a local, and the answer likely depends on how much time you've got to listen. When producers from C-SPAN's 2014 Cities Tour called Pioneers Museum director Matt Mayberry to chat themes for a feature about Colorado Springs' history and literary life, Mayberry was excited for the chance to share his...

  • Gov. Hickenlooper headed to Manitou Springs as part of flood tour

    Gov. John Hickenlooper will visit area communities affected by natural disasters as part of the Colorado United Day of Service on Saturday. Hickenlooper will begin with a tour of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park at 2:45 p.m. Friday before heading to a 6 p.m. Manitou Springs recovery community event at Manitou Art Center. At 8 a.m. Saturday, the...

  • Petraeus tells Denver crowd that new Obama strategy likely will work against ISIS

    DENVER - The man who penned most of America's strategy to counter al-Qaida and stop the insurgency in Iraq told a packed theater here that a new strategy to roll back the terror group ISIS will likely work quickly in Iraq. "In Iraq, all the ingredients are there," retired Army Gen. David Petraeus told an audience gathered by Denver's...

  • CBI, FBI to investigate Sheriff Terry Maketa

    The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is directing an investigation of El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa, an agency employee confirmed Thursday. The probe is on behalf of the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Karl Wilmes, deputy director for the CBI, said the District Attorney's Office asked the agency to lead the investigation into...

  • Sheriff responds to recent media reports

    El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa posted the following response to recent media reports on the Sheriff's Office website Thursday evening. Below is the full text of the sheriff's response. To access links to support his statement, visit On September 11th,...

  • Colorado Springs ready to move forward on City for Champions after state OKs agreement

    DENVER - The City for Champions projects got a green light Thursday when the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved the final details of an agreement for 
$120.5 million in state tax incentives for the project over the next 50 years. "It's a significant milestone that we are very proud of," said Laura Neumann, spokeswoman for the...

  • 911 system adds automated message to discourage hang-ups

    Emergency call takers are hoping that a new automated message on the Colorado Springs 911 system will keep callers on the line when they do not receive an immediate response. The message, implemented Thursday, will play after 10 seconds of ringing and will let people know that they've dialed the right number. It will also discourage them from...

  • ISIS concerns loom as Colorado Springs troops commemorate 9/11 attacks

    The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks brought a warning from U.S. Northern Command's top general: America faces as much peril today as it did in 2001. Growing threats from the ISIS terror group and mounting concern over instability in Ukraine made 9/11 a day for caution, said Gen. Chuck Jacoby and Canadian defense minister Robert Nicholson...

  • Balloon Classic founder would hate to see event leave Colorado Springs

    Nearly 40 years ago, the Colorado Balloon Classic looked nothing like the event at Memorial Park last weekend. It involved a hot air balloon race up Pikes Peak, took place before the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and was called the America the Beautiful Cup Race. The event's founder, Charles "Dewey" Reinhard, 84, said the race up the peak was...

  • Colorado lawmaker wants to limit Native American mascots

    DENVER — Colorado public schools that use or plan to use Native American mascots or logos would need to get permission from a panel, or lose state funding, under a proposal a state lawmaker wants to introduce next year. It's an idea that Colorado lawmakers briefly considered in 2010, but has picked up momentum in other states recently....

  • Obama to launch airstrikes in Syria for first time

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror. "We will hunt down...

  • Udall Issues Statement Following President's National Address on Strategy to Confront, Defeat ISIL

    Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the president's remarks on confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: "The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is a brutal and sophisticated extremist organization and a...

  • Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority backs City for Champions agreement

    The Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority on Wednesday approved a resolution that supports an agreement between the Colorado Economic Development Commission and the city of Colorado Springs regarding the City for Champions tourism initiative. The vote was unanimous; seven of the authority's nine members attended Wednesday's meeting. The...

  • Colorado Springs City Council nixes recreational marijuana ballot question

    The Colorado Springs City Council will not ask voters if they want the city to allow recreational marijuana sales, leaving the issue in the hands of citizens who could collect signatures to get the question on the 
ballot. The council voted 6-3 on Tuesday against an April ballot question that would have asked voters if they want the city to...

  • Five things said Tuesday at Colorado Springs City Hall

    Five things said Tuesday during the Colorado Springs City Council meeting: - "We all know that Pickleball is becoming the new hot thing." - Council member Jan Martin, on the proposed 2015 Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax budget. Friends of Pikes Peak Pickleball - a racquet sport - asked for and got $10,585 after a last-minute plea from...

  • Obama outlining mission to fight Islamic militants

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will outline in an address to the nation Wednesday night an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, possibly including airstrikes in Syria, officials said. The president will also urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian...

  • Colorado politics heat up as summer ends; polls are tight

    After the doldrums of summer politics have ended, two polls came out this week speculating who has the lead in the close Colorado races for governor and U.S. Senate. Rasmussen Reports - a public opinion media outlet - said its survey of 800 voters in September showed Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, had the support of 44 percent of voters...

  • Rep. Doug Lamborn not interested in providing platform for challenger Irv Halter

    U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn's campaign said Monday that the Republican will not debate Democratic challenger Irv Halter as the two face off for the 5th Congressional District seat. "The Congressman will not be providing Mr. Halter with a platform to spread his deceptive rhetoric and uncivil tone," campaign spokesman Jarred Rego wrote in an email...