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State legislators still can't settle on budget

April 5, 2011
Legislative leaders have reached an impasse on budget negotiations while the state's six person Joint Budget Committee met in an undisclosed location on Monday to try and hammer out a budget agreement. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports now the Democratic senate president is threatening to introduce a separate budget.
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Immigration

Immigrant-rights groups give up on federal legislation, shift focus to Obama

April 5, 2011
With a divided Congress, getting anything done in Washington has been difficult. Immigration reform has been one of the most divisive topic among lawmakers. Now, a variety of immigrant-rights groups around the country have all but officially given up on their dreams of comprehensive federal immigration reform over the next few years. Instead, they're pushing to make immigration enforcement less strict. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Alan Kaplan of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition about one of those new programs.
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Environment

Commission changes could cause less oversight of energy industry

Commission changes could cause less oversight of energy industry April 4, 2011
A bill being considered in the statehouse would drastically increase the energy industry's representation on Colorado's oil and gas regulation commission. If it passes, it could mean huge deregulation of an industry that many in the state are concerned about. KDNK's Mathew Katz and Conrad Wilson sat down with KVNF's Ariana Brocious to discuss what the changes would mean for drilling in Colorado.
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Capitol Coverage

Capitol Conversation: Health care exchanges in jeopardy

April 4, 2011
A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she'll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market more competitive. But as KDNK's Bente Birkeland explores in capitol conversation, this abrupt change of course is becoming increasingly common from Republican leadership.
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Local News

High gas prices cause locals to reconsider driving habits

April 1, 2011
Gas prices have been skyrocketing lately, largely thanks to the unrest in the Middle East. Prices peaking at over four dollars a gallon have caused locals to re-evaluate how much they drive. The Youth Radio Broadcasting students and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program recently hit the streets to find out how high gas prices have to go for Valley residents to change their driving habits.
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Politics

Ski industry slams Daylight Savings Time bill

March 31, 2011
A bill working its way through the state senate would put Colorado on Daylight Savings Time year-round. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, many in the ski industry are against it.
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Capitol Coverage

House majority leader under fire for supporting health care exchanges

March 31, 2011
The Republican house majority leader is under fire from fellow conservatives for sponsoring a bi-partisan healthcare exchange bill. The measure aims to increase competition in the healthcare market. It's also a key part of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. It gets its first hearing at the capitol today. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Local News

New coffee shop aimed at Carbondale's night crowd

New coffee shop aimed at Carbondale's night crowd March 30, 2011
A new coffee shop has just opened in Carbondale. The Blend Coffee Company on Highway 133, just south of Main Street, aims to provide locals with high-quality coffee and espresso drinks. KDNK's Mathew Katz visited the cafe, and bring us this report.
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Environment

Interview: Forest service to update management policies

March 29, 2011
The US Forest Service is looking to update the way it manages forest. The plan the agency operates under has been around since 1982. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke about the Forest Service's new proposal with Elise Jones, the executive director of the Colorado Environmental Coalition.
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Capitol Coverage

Behind the scenes of the state's budget struggles

March 29, 2011
Lawmakers on the joint budget committee have reached a gridlock and on writing the budget for next fiscal year. This has forced the senate to delay the budget debate by a week. KDNK's Bente Birkeland takes a look at what's happening behind the scenes as part of our capitol conversation series
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