Capitol Coverage

Local Newscast
8:35 am
Wed February 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Headlines:

  • Sex Ed bill passes state house after vigorous debate
  • Task force recommends marijuana tourism, local ownership of pot shops
  • Delta County Commissioners discuss alternatives to dumping old tires in landfills
  • Mesa County school safety task force meets weekly, will inform school board

Capitol Coverage
7:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Sex Ed Bill Draws Debate

A bill to revamp sex education classes for Colorado students has initially passed the house on Tuesday after a rigorous debate. The measure aims to make instruction more culturally sensitive and add information on homosexuality. But opponents say it would take away the rights of parents. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
7:24 am
Tue February 19, 2013

House Dems Pass Gun Bills

A controversial package of Democratic gun control bills cleared the house yesterday. The measures now head to the state senate. And as Bente Birkeland reports the bills still face strong opposition from Republicans and some Democrats.

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Local Newscast
8:41 am
Fri February 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, February 15, 2013

Headlines:

  • Lawsuit makes BLM disclose identities of lease buyers
  • Lawmakers debate fracking regs, Gov. Hickenlooper under fire for political stunt
  • Well near Windsor spills 84,000 gallons of fracking fluid
  • Western Slope Skies
  • First Grand Junction film festival starts tonight
  • Paonia V-Day celebration includes protest against violence towards women
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Capitol Coverage
7:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lawmakers Debate Guns on College Campuses

Guns were once again the focus at the Colorado Statehouse on Wednesday. A Democratic proposal to ban concealed carry weapons on college campuses got its first hearing in the house education committee. It highlights the longer battle that will take place this session on gun laws. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Capitol Coverage
7:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Gun Bills Pass in Judiciary Committee

A huge crowd turned out at the state capitol on Tuesday for a hearing on two key Democratic gun proposals. One measure would require universal background checks for gun purchases; the other would ban high capacity magazines. Both bills passed their first test, the house judiciary committee. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
8:30 am
Tue February 12, 2013

State Adopts New Drilling Setback Distance

Colorado’s oil and gas conservation commission has voted in favor of increasing the drilling setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes statewide. But the move doesn’t go far enough for the environmental community and goes too far for industry. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Local Newscast
8:46 am
Tue February 5, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Headlines:

  • Delta County Commissioners Ban Commercial Marijuana Growing
  • Capitol Coverage: State Senate Slaps State Energy Office Over Fiscal Mismanagement
  • Western Slope Skies

Capitol Coverage
7:34 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Governor Signs Wildfire Executive Orders

Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives on Wednesday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires. State officials say they’re also planning for a drought this summer and a potentially bad fire season. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
6:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Governor fears drought's impact

Governor John Hickenlooper says a lack of water in Colorado poses a series challenge for the state’s tourism industry. Hickenlooper answered questions from industry representatives as part of the annual tourism day at the state capitol. Bente Birkeland has more.

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