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Mexican opposition holds leadership vote that may impact reforms

Reuters Mexico’s biggest opposition party on Sunday holds a leadership election whose outcome could shape how quickly President Enrique Pena Nieto can pass pending legislation to open up the oil industry and increase competition in telecoms. The center-right National Action Party (PAN), has been badly divided by a bitter internal power struggle, making it harder for the party to work ...

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NASA Curiosity rover will wield its drill on Mars for the third time

By Amina Khan | The Los Angeles Times, Calif. Is third time the charm? NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is considering boring into the third rock ever drilled on the Red Planet, a sandstone that could potentially reveal a wealth of information about past life-friendly environments. The rover already did a little test-drilling Tuesday on the target rock known as “Windjana,” ...

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Spacecraft with CU ties prepares for unprecedented plunge toward Venus

By Alex Burness | The Camera Daily, Boulder, Colo. The European Space Agency spacecraft Venus Express, for which University of Colorado professor Larry Esposito is a mission scientist, concluded routine science operations this week after eight years in orbit, and is now primed for its final assignment: an unprecedented plunge into the atmosphere of Venus. “What we’ve been doing,” said ...

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Special: Weighing options for fate of Drake Power Plant

By Monica Mendoza | The Gazette, Colo. Environmental activist Leslie Weise is amazed that the Colorado Springs City Council will not consider closing Martin Drake Power Plant in the next five years. It was, after all, among 12 scenarios outlined in a half-million-dollar consultant’s report for the council to consider in its deliberations over when to decommission the downtown coal-fired ...

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Rancher, energy industry seek to avoid dust-up as truck traffic rises on Weld County roads

By Whitney Phillips | The Greeley Tribune, Colo. Grover-area rancher Jim Sturrock is no stranger to the unfortunate hands Mother Nature often deals to those in the cattle business, whether it’s boiling hot summers, bitterly cold winters or hungry predators eating his animals. But in the past few years, it’s been a man-made burden — fugitive dust kicked up by ...

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New Ponca Tribe HQ going up in Niobrara

The Associated Press NIOBRARA — The new headquarters building for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will provide space for an array of services and a community center the tribe will share with the Niobrara community in northeast Nebraska. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy early next year and contain around 9,000 square feet. That’s more than double ...

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Unemployment rates fall in 43 states; Colorado back to lowest level since start of recession

The Gazette, Colorado DENVER – Colorado unemployment dropped to 6.0 percent in April, the lowest level the state has seen since the beginning of the recession. The state labor department said Friday that nearly 14,000 jobs were added between March and April, the 30th straight month of job growth. The leisure and hospitality industry, education and health services added the ...

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Emergency exercises planned near Platteville’s spent fuel storage site

Staff Report | The Times-Call, Longmont, Colo. Emergency exercises involving the Fort St. Vrain Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation facility near Platteville are planned for today and Wednesday. Today’s drills will be focused on the facility itself and will involve first responders and other emergency personnel participating in a simulated emergency at the site. The public may hear emergency responder ...

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