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Feds: $401M will add high-speed internet to rural places across the country, including Colorado

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — The federal government is pledging $401 million in grants and loans to expand the reach and improve the speed of internet for rural residents, tribes and businesses in remote parts of 11 states from Alaska to Arkansas. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters Wednesday, ahead […]

Posted inEnvironment, News

Conservation groups sue over coal mines in Colorado, Montana

Conservation groups filed lawsuits against state environmental agencies in Colorado and Montana this week targeting coal mines in the two states. On Tuesday, five organizations including the WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against Colorado environmental agencies alleging they failed to ensure that the state’s largest coal mine, West Elk Mine, complied […]

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JetBlue agrees to buy Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion after Frontier proposal falls apart

By Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer JetBlue has agreed to buy Spirit Airlines in a $3.8 billion deal, a day after Spirit and Frontier Airlines agreed to abandon their merger proposal. JetBlue will acquire Spirit for $33.50 per share in cash, including a prepayment of $2.50 per share in cash payable once Spirit stockholders approve […]

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Judge temporarily blocks Colorado town’s new gun control rules, including ban on assault-style rifles

By Jesse Bedayn and Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press A federal judge has temporarily blocked the town of Superior from enforcing parts of a new gun control ordinance, including a ban on the sale and possession of assault weapons, after it was challenged by gun rights groups. U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore issued a […]

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Election-denying Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters turns herself in to police

ASPEN — Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday after a warrant was issued for her arrest alleging she violated the terms of her release as she awaits trial on charges stemming from a breach of her county’s election system. Peters was booked at the Pitkin County jail in Aspen at […]

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States, including Colorado, increasingly cede control of lotteries to huge firms

By Tinashe Chingarande, Elizabeth Flood, Spencer Friedman and Daniel Lawall, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism The companies that run state-backed lotteries already have a heavy hand in how the games are operated. But in the years ahead, their control over lotteries is expected to expand significantly while state officials take a step back. Analysts who […]

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NTSB: Dad, not boy, was driving truck in wreck that killed college golfers, including player from Colorado

By Jamie Stengle, The Associated Press DALLAS — A Texas man, not his 13-year-old son, was driving the pickup truck that crossed into the oncoming lane and struck a van carrying New Mexico college golfers, killing nine people, and he had methamphetamine in his system, investigators said Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said two […]

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Frontier Airlines says it lacks the votes for Spirit merger

By David Koenig, The Associated Press Frontier Airlines, facing likely defeat in its bid to merge with Spirit Airlines, is asking for another delay in a shareholder vote on the deal. Frontier CEO Barry Biffle said in a letter made public Monday that his airline is “very far” from winning approval by Spirit shareholders, who […]

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Democrats frustrated by party’s response — or lack there of — to abortion ruling

By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS — As Sen. Michael Bennet sought to encourage a small crowd of fellow Democrats not to give up the fight for abortion rights, Maryah Lauer stepped forward, bullhorn in hand, to exhort him to do more. “Do you support ending the filibuster and expanding the court?” the […]

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FAA to give Denver airport $60M to upgrade terminal, bag-handling system

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is giving nearly $1 billion to 85 airports to expand and upgrade terminals and other facilities, using money approved in last year’s huge infrastructure bill. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the projects will help meet future demand for travel and make flying safer and more efficient. “I don’t think anybody […]