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More than 100 bad bridges awaiting fix

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Colorado drivers are wondering why more than 100 bridges that are among the worst in the state are still waiting for repairs. The bridges are among 121 that need repairs. So far, only six have been completed. The projects are funded by higher vehicle registration fees, fines for registration and bonds. Transportation officials say some… Continue Reading More than 100 bad bridges awaiting fix

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The State Historical Fund awarded 53 grants for historic preservation totaling more than $6 million for the fiscal year 2012 grant round. These new grants join 322 already active grant projects, for a total of nearly $35 million in direct investment in the State of Colorado. Continue Reading Springs historic buildings receive state grants

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More Colorado counties may need Spanish ballots An increase in Spanish speakers could require 16 more Colorado counties to provide election materials in that language. County clerks are awaiting federal notification within the month on whether they must provide election materials in Spanish as well as English under the Voting Rights Act. The Colorado secretary… Continue Reading More Colorado counties may need Spanish ballots

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The embattled state-owned workers’ compensation insurer of last-resort has withdrawn as the administrator of state employees’ claims, forcing Colorado to hire an independent contractor. One year remained on Pinnacol’s contract as an administrator of state employees’ workers’ compensation claims when it terminated its services and forced Colorado to put the services out to bid. State… Continue Reading Pinnacol withdraws as workers comp administrator

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Colorado’s position as a key battleground state in the 2012 presidential race comes with a wrinkle neither party seems to like: A freewheeling ballot initiative tradition that could put both legalizing marijuana and gay marriage before voters on Election Day next year. Marijuana activists have begun gathering signatures to ask voters to allow pot for… Continue Reading Pot, marriage could play roles in ’12 Colo. races

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Employment up in Colorado

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Employers in Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June, dropping the state’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, according to the state’s Bureau of Labor and Employment. While there was a net increase overall, government jobs dropped by 2,600 jobs, while the private sector added 7,100. June marked the fourth straight drop in… Continue Reading Employment up in Colorado

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Hickenlooper elected to WGU board

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Gov. John Hickenlooper has joined the Western Governors University Board of Trustees. A nonprofit, online university, the school was founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors, including former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer. WGU was established to increase higher education opportunities for working adults, offers online degrees in business, information technology, education and health professions. It… Continue Reading Hickenlooper elected to WGU board

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A constitutional amendment to repeal Colorado’s gay marriage ban and replace it with language saying marriage is allowed regardless of sex could be headed to the 2012 ballot. A state title board will review language next week to clear the proposal for ballots. If approved, supporters would have to collect about 86,000 signatures to put… Continue Reading Gay marriage could be on Colo. ballots

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State Sen. Rollie Heath says schools need more help than an initiative to raise taxes can offer. Heath says he hopes an initiative he is proposing would at least shore up some funding for public schools and higher education while deeper changes to education are decided, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. The initiative… Continue Reading Heath says tax hike only small step for schools

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A few declined to comment on the ballot issues because they were not well informed about those issues, but those who were knowledgeable had a lot to say. Here’s what they said about these issues. Rocky Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Corporation Amendment 28 “This amendment makes it convenient for people to vote, and… Continue Reading The business community discusses the ballot issues

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