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February 16, 2011

Schools Brace for Budget Cuts

Public schools will likely bear the biggest brunt of the cuts if the Governor’s budget is approved by the legislature. Those cuts come at a time when many traditionally under-performing Colorado schools are starting to win praise for turning things around. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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Filed under: Children & Youth,Colorado,Education,Kirk Siegler,KRCC News,RMCR — andrea @ 8:22 am

January 12, 2011

Colorado’s 42nd Governor Sworn In

Colorado’s 42nd Governor, Democrat John Hickenlooper, is pledging to obsessively promote the state to help boost the economy, and improve the quality of life for future generations. That was among several proclamations he made moments after being sworn in before a crowd of dignitaries, lawmakers, and members of the state’s supreme court. Statehouse correspondent Bente Birkeland teamed up with KUNC‘s Kirk Seigler for this report on the day’s festivities, and the challenges facing the new governor.

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August 11, 2010

Senate Primary Results

Colorado’s incumbent Democratic Senator Michael Bennet has fended off a fierce challenge from Andrew Romanoff in yesterday’s primary, while Tea Party favorite Ken Buck has prevailed in the Republican Senate primary. Buck’s victory follows a trend of GOP candidates nationwide running on the anti-establishment ticket. But Bennet keeping his seat is seen as a nod to President Obama…. KUNC‘s Kirk Siegler and Brian Larson have the story.

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July 9, 2010

GOP Chair and Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) Visit Colorado

There’s every indication that the 2010 midterm elections will be closely watched in battleground states like Colorado. For Republicans who are hoping to win back several key seats they’ve lost here recently, yesterday was a big day. National Republican Party Chair Michael Steele and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint both visited the state yesterday.

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April 28, 2010

Medical Marijuana Regulations Debated

With just a few weeks remaining in the session, Colorado lawmakers are hoping to wind down what’s been a lengthy and contentious debate over how to regulate the booming medical marijuana industry. Yesterday the public got what could be one of the last chances to weigh in on House Bill 1284. It would require dispensary owners to pay hefty licensing fees, undergo criminal background checks and grow most of the pot they sell. That could lead to the closure of many dispensaries, and medical marijuana patients worry that will make it harder to get the drugs they need. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland and KUNC’s Kirk Siegler have more.

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Filed under: Bente Birkeland,Business,Capitol Coverage,Drug Use,Health,Kirk Siegler,KRCC News — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 6:30 pm

March 23, 2010

Round-Up: CO joins lawsuit over healthcare bill, and more

Colorado’s Republican Attorney General says the state will join at least eleven others in a lawsuit challenging the so-called individual mandate in the recently passed health care overhaul bill…and, Governor Bill Ritter is offering to sell state buildings if the state ever needs money to cover major emergencies.

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Filed under: Andrea Chalfin,AP,Economy,Health,Kirk Siegler,KRCC News,Politics,RMCR,Round-Up — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 5:32 pm

January 19, 2010

Round-Up: Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site Won't Expand, and Romanoff stays senate candidate

The Army decides to stop pursuing an expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, for now…and, Former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff says he’s still running for the US Senate race, and has no plans to drop out or run for governor.

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January 8, 2010

Environmentalists Worry about Potential for Repealing Tougher Oil and Gas Regulations

Environmentalists are concerned that Governor Ritter’s decision not to seek reelection could lead to the unraveling of a newly implemented slate of tougher rules on oil and gas drilling passed by his administration. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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Filed under: Business/Labor,Energy,Environment,Kirk Siegler,KRCC News,Politics,RMCR — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 7:06 am

January 7, 2010

Round-Up: Interior Sec. Salazar Stays Put, and more

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he won’t run for governor…and, Colorado Springs residents who prepaid 2010 stormwater fees will soon be getting refunds.

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Filed under: Andrea Chalfin,Colorado,Colorado Springs,Kirk Siegler,KRCC News,Politics,RMCR,Round-Up — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 5:29 pm

January 6, 2010

Governor Bill Ritter Will Not Seek Reelection

Governor Bill Ritter ended all speculation and rumors by announcing today that he would NOT seek a second term as Colorado’s governor. The news first surfaced last night after a Washington-DC political blog broke the story. In the hours since, Colorado’s political community has been reeling. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio member station KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.

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Filed under: Kirk Siegler,KRCC News,Politics,RMCR — Andrea Chalfin News Dir. @ 5:48 pm

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