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PHOTO: Colorado's advancements in transparency in government spending have earned the state high marks in a report by CoPIRG. Photo courtesy Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - For government transparency, Colorado gets high marks in a new national evaluation of state spending by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group. The state went from a grade of D-plus to a B for 2013, earning recognition for greater online access to how public money is spent. CoPIRG dir ...Read More

PHOTO: The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour makes a stop in Denver today. Photo courtesy Americans United for Change.

DENVER - It's not a bandwagon - it's a bus onto which Coloradans are hopping to promote a higher minimum wage. State leaders, low-wage workers and advocates are to meet at the Colorado state Capitol today for the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour to voice support for HR 1010, federal legislation whic ...Read More

PHOTO: Opponents of a huge open-pit copper mine proposed for southeast of Tucson say it would impact the area’s fragile water supply, damaging features such as Cienega Creek. Photo credit: Pima County Regional Flood Control District.

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defen ...Read More

PHOTO: Canines With a Cause provides service dogs, trained by female prison inmates, to veterans coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health challenges. Photo courtesy Canines With a Cause.

DRAPER, Utah - A program new to Utah allows female prison inmates to train shelter dogs to serve as companion and service animals for veterans suffering from mental health challenges. Cathy King, executive director, Canines With a Cause, says the dogs live with the selected inmates at the Utah State ...Read More

Photo: Rich Farver died of brain cancer that his doctor says was caused by radiation from a cell tower. Courtesy: Virginia Farver

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – This Saturday, concerned Coloradans will join others around the world for EMR Action Day – to highlight their concerns about the safety of electromagnetic radiation found in wireless Internet, cordless phones, microwaves TV and radio and other sources. Virginia Fa ...Read More

PHOTO: Santa Fe city leaders hope a new hotline leads to arrests as the city deals with increased drug abuse. Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe city leaders are counting on a new hotline to encourage people in the community to report suspected drug dealers as authorities deal with increased heroin use. City Councilor Bill Dimas, who lost a daughter to heroin addiction, sponsored the resolution that led to t ...Read More

Photo: Colorado business men and women would like to see greater protection of places such as Picketwire Canyon in the Comanche National Grassland. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

SALIDA, Colo. - Salida resident and business owner Jerry Mallett has been involved in land conservation for more than 50 years. Now owner of Boathouse Distillery, he continues to count on the protection of Colorado's land and water for his businesses' success. That's why he joined at least 50 other ...Read More

PHOTO: Photo courtesy U-S Geological Survey.

MORIARTY, N.M. - A small town located along Interstate 40 about 40 miles east of Albuquerque is home to a company that Google just purchased, as it explores the next generation of Internet delivery. Ted Hart, mayor of Moriarty, said he expects Google's acquisition of solar-powered drone maker Titan ...Read More

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