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  • Colorado Springs man to get fourth mental competency evaluation

    After state statutes and case law were debated among lawyers Friday, an El Paso County judge faced a choice: Would she grant another competency evaluation for Marcus Smith? Smith, 24, is accused of killing 87-year-old Katherine "Kit" Grazioli in November 2011 while he was on probation for second-degree burglary. He is suspected of breaking...

  • 15 local high school seniors named Daniels Scholars

    Fifteen high school seniors from Colorado Springs are among the 239 students selected as 2015 Daniels Scholars. The program provides scholarships to any accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States and covers expenses that remain after all other scholarships and financial aid have been applied. More than 2,000 students...

  • Colorado law kept Boulder DA from charging Lane with murder

    DENVER - A woman accused of brutally cutting an unborn child from the womb of a woman who was 7 months pregnant will not face homicide charges - even though the infant did not survive the attack. Republican lawmakers say the lack of a homicide charge in the case proves there is a gap in state law. News that a bill to create fetal homicide...

  • Father of hiker who died in Blodgett Peak fall asks for Search and Rescue donations in son's honor

    The father of a man who died after a fall from Blodgett Peak is asking people to donate to El Paso County Search and Rescue in his honor. Chris Schumacher, 28, was found badly injured after falling 60 to 100 feet on Blodgett Peak in northwest Colorado Springs on Sunday. He lived in Denver, but grew up in Colorado Springs and played hockey for...

  • Rampart High School's Winter Guard team has all the right moves

    The battle scars on Josh Lahman's bedroom ceiling speak to his dedication to his sport. Sabers, wooden rifles and large flags have left dents from repeatedly being thrown in the air. "You don't learn to toss effectively on the first day. It takes years of hitting the ceiling in your room before you get good at it," the 18-year-old Rampart High...

  • Tax season surprise: Some Coloradans find they have to pay up despite having health insurance

    For John Soderberg, a $237 tax bill wasn't much of a concern considering the thousands of dollars in health insurance costs he saved through the Affordable Care Act. "Tax season for me was essentially a wash," Soderberg said. But for thousands of other people in Colorado, a few wrinkles at the heart of the 5-year-old health care law will...

  • Air Force Academy cadets help with cleanup after Tornado

    A group of Air Force Academy cadets building homes on spring break assisted in cleaning up after a tornado caused damaged to a community near Oklahoma City. The 15 were in Moore, Okla., when the tornado tore the roofs of homes and damaged street signs and trees after touching down on Wednesday, according to a press release from the academy....

  • Young 9-1-1 heroes honored by El Paso County Sheriff

    Two children were recognized on Friday by El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder with 9-1-1 Hero Awards. On Feb. 6, 11-year-old Rachel Reyes called 9-1-1 because her mother was choking in their home. She had the presence of mind to stay on the line for 12 minutes and give dispatchers updates to help medical crews deal with the crisis when they...

  • Analysis: Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and 'death with dignity'

    Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children Sunday. She was only 38. But in her last years of life, her saga of accepting suffering became, in a quietly powerful way, a cultural force for another way of choosing death with dignity, one that refused to hasten death. In recent years, the...

  • Woodland Park gets grant of more than $870k for equipment upgrade

    Woodland Park was awarded more than $870,000 Friday for an upgrade of a fleet maintenance facility, according to a news release. The project includes a 6,250-square-foot addition to a 2,215-square-foot facility and plans to make its doors large enough for modern equipment, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs said in an email. The total...

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