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The Latest: Colorado school district gets bailout

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DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado school district seeking help after coal giant Peabody fails to pay taxes (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Colorado’s state board of education has emptied its emergency fund to help a 300-student district caught up in a giant coal company’s financial woes. The board voted 7-0 Thursday to put all its $1 million ...

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Legislative task force studying Rawlins prison options

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming legislative task force recommends Gov. Matt Mead approve spending $3.5 million for emergency improvements at the state prison in Rawlins. A legislative task force voted Wednesday to request that the governor approve the money to build a new electrical services building at the prison and make repairs to a crumbling wall. House Speaker Kermit ...

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Colorado Editorial Roundup

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The Denver Post, July 5, on the issue of free speech at the University of Northern Colorado: Higher education’s commitment to free speech is often sadly fragile these days, and the latest evidence unfortunately comes from the University of Northern Colorado. As The Tribune in Greeley recounts the story, an outfit that UNC calls its Bias Response Team has “sought ...

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US finishes plan to protect Roan Plateau in western Colorado

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DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have taken another step toward protecting most of western Colorado’s wild Roan Plateau from natural gas drilling, releasing a revised plan that puts many areas off-limits. The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday the plan puts in place the provisions of a 2014 compromise among conservation groups and natural gas producer Bill Barrett Corp. ...

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Judge: US agency lacks authority to set rules on fracking

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge ruled Tuesday that federal regulators lack the authority to set rules for hydraulic fracturing, dealing another setback to the Obama administration’s efforts to tighten how fossil fuels are mined. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said the Bureau of Land Management can’t set the rules because Congress has not authorized it to do so. The ...

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