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1 year 5 months ago

Senate shoots down tougher gun legislation

Supporters and opponents of tougher gun legislation have been keeping close tabs on Washington. Anticipating tougher gun laws were on the way, business has been booming at local gun shops across Colorado. Many gun stores sold out of assault weapons weeks ago with widespread panic that a ban was...

1 year 5 months ago

School funding overhaul passes education committee

An ambitious overhaul to how Colorado handles school funding has advanced another step in the state legislature. The House Education Committee voted seven to six late Monday for a sweeping overhaul. It addresses years of unequal pupil funding and a school-finance system that doesn't accommodate education reforms made in recent...

1 year 5 months ago

President Obama heads to Connecticut today

President Obama heads to Hartford, Connecticut today to push for new, stricter gun control legislation. He will visit the campus of the University of Hartford. The president is expected to call on the American people to join him in pressuring Congress to approve measures in reducing gun violence. The visit...

1 year 5 months ago

Obama will make a stop in Denver today

It's a trip to Colorado to continue his push for federal gun control legislation. President Obama will speak today at the Denver Police Academy. The academy is not far from the site of the mass shooting at an Aurora theater. The state has recently passed legislation aimed at curbing gun...

1 year 8 months ago

Neb. lawmaker introduces firearm legislation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers will debate new gun restrictions for juveniles this year in the wake of a recent mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school and with memories still fresh of shootings at an Omaha department store and school. Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford introduced two bills this...

2 years 7 months ago

Caylee's Law faces tough road to passage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers under pressure from constituents in the months after the Casey Anthony trial have found it's not easy to toughen penalties for parents who don't immediately report missing children. Seventeen states tried to pass "Caylee's Law" legislation - named after Anthony's 2-year-old daughter whose...

2 years 8 months ago

Drilling advances prompt talk of new CO law

DENVER (AP) - New technology is putting oil and gas drills closer to populated areas in Colorado. And it's raising tension in Colorado over who regulates where drilling can be done. Horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing and other advances are allowing energy companies to drill in more populated areas. As a...

2 years 10 months ago

Romney urges Obama to stop looming military cuts

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is calling on President Obama to block looming military cuts. The former Massachusetts governor tells supporters in New Hampshire that the deficit-cutting supercommittee in Congress probably won't come up with a deal before its Wednesday deadline. That would trigger billions of...

4 years 2 months ago

Congress sends Obama sweeping Wall Street bill

Congress is sending legislation to President Barack Obama imposing sweeping new regulations on Wall Street and creating new protections for millions of consumers. The Senate passed the massive overhaul Thursday, nearly two years after a financial crisis knocked the economy to its knees.

4 years 2 months ago

President talks immigration reform

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says America's borders are "just too vast" for the immigration problem to be solved with fences and border patrols alone. He said that a comprehensive solution is needed, instead, urging one that holds everyone accountable, from illegal immigrants to the businesses that hire...

4 years 4 months ago

Ritter signs 30 pieces of legislation

DENVER (AP) - Gov. Bill Ritter has signed 30 pieces of legislation, including a bill that reduces the penalty for late registrations of trailers. House Bill 1211, sponsored by Rep. Max Tyler, reduces the late fee to a flat $10 for small non-motorized vehicles up to 2,000 pounds. ...

4 years 4 months ago

Child welfare legislation to become law

Gov. Bill Ritter is signing a package of bills lawmakers say will strengthen child welfare services in Colorado. The bills being signed Friday include creating a the position of a child protection ombudsman to review complaints following a state investigation into the deaths of 13 children whose families had...

4 years 5 months ago

More bikes on the roads

Recently a national cycling magazine named Colorado Springs the 18th most bike friendly city in the US. But it doesn't mean drivers are always so friendly on the roads. Many cyclists like John Crandall have to deal with angry drivers. "It's very easy with a 4 thousand pound vehicle to...

4 years 6 months ago

Obama to sign student loan legislation

President Barack Obama is preparing to sign the piece of his sweeping health care overhaul that makes the government the primary lender to students seeking loans and strips banks of that power. Obama plans on Tuesday to visit a northern Virginia community college, where he will sign the legislation. He...

4 years 6 months ago

How will health care reform impact hospitals?

Today I'm working on a story about how the new federal health care legislation will impact hospitals. In 2014, a mandate will kick in, requiring every American be insured. Right now, hospitals spend millions of dollars a year treating people who don't have insurance. For example, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center...

4 years 6 months ago

Colorado effort to block health care overhaul

Opponents of federal health care legislation want Colorado voters to block it at the polls. A proposed ballot measure would bar the state from enforcing the legislation, including a provision that would require most people to buy insurance. Meanwhile, some Republican lawmakers want Attorney General John Suthers to join...

4 years 6 months ago

Senate rejects summer jobs program

As the Senate prepares to vote on extending unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless, it has rejected a summer jobs program for youth. Republicans were unanimously opposed to the $1.3 billion program and several Democrats joined them. Next on today's agenda: a procedural vote on the jobless bill....

4 years 6 months ago

Jobs legislation nears House passage

The House is poised to pass a jobs bill - one that calls for a mix of highway funding and tax breaks for companies that hire unemployed workers. Some Democrats, especially those who represent minority districts, feel the Senate version of the jobs bill is too small. But...

4 years 6 months ago

Senator Bunning relents on "pay as you go"

A senator who had been single-handedly holding up stopgap legislation to extend help for the jobless and keep federal highway dollars flowing has finally relented. A spokesman for Sen. Jim Bunning says the Kentucky Republican will permit a vote Tuesday evening on the measure. That means hundreds of thousands...

4 years 6 months ago

Senate backs change in foreclosure sale law

The Colorado Senate is moving to stop what some lawmakers say is a manipulation of foreclosure sales that's depressing home values. Junior lien holders, such as homeowners associations, can try to collect money owed by foreclosed homeowners. They also have the right to buy a property after it is...

4 years 7 months ago

Colorado brewers worried over house bills

Beer brewers from all over Colorado converged on Colorado Springs Saturday of the annual Firkin Rendezvous at Bristol Brewery. In a growing industry they would usually be celebrating another year of prosperity. But this year they say state House Bills 1186 & 1279 threaten their very being. The bills would...

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