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5:15am

Thu May 19, 2011
Business

Agreement Inked on Long-Awaited FoCo Transit Project

The city of Fort Collins and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway recently signed an agreement that will allow the long-awaited Mason Corridor Project to get underway this summer in Fort Collins.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall about the impact of the project.

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7:10pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Science

Horse Virus Outbreak Brings Economic Concerns

One horse has been euthanized, and two others sick at this quarantined horse training facility near Fort Lupton.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

A deadly horse virus outbreak has caused the cancelations of numerous shows and competitions around the country – including in Colorado.  So far, there have been six confirmed cases of the Equine Herpes Virus-1 virus in Colorado horses, and agriculture officials have implemented new travel requirements for horses entering the state.

EHV-1 poses no threat to people, but it’s easily spread among horses and llamas, said State Veterinarian Keith Roehr.

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5:32pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Politics

Watchdog Group Issues Call to Action on High Gas Prices, Criticizing Rep. Gardner

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The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense Action is launching an Internet ad campaign against Republican 4th Congressional District Representative Cory Gardner. At issue is Gardner’s neutral stance on tax subsidies for oil and gas companies.

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6:30am

Wed May 18, 2011
Agriculture

How Taxed is Colorado’s Agricultural Industry? KUNC Investigates

Cary Wickstrom’s farm sits west of Fort Morgan, Colorado. Farmers like Wickstrom saw a 2.9 percent sales tax passed by the state legislature in 2010 on agricultural pesticides and herbicides. Starting July 1, it will be repealed.
Grace Hood

For much of our Government and You series, we’ve discussed the potential impact of budget cuts as state lawmakers worked to fill a projected half-billion dollar shortfall. Now that the legislative session is over, and a budget bill signed, we examine what happens when a tax is repealed. HB 1005 will be signed into law next week. It would eliminate a 2.9 percent sales tax on agricultural pesticides and other products.

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6:00am

Wed May 18, 2011
Agriculture

Fatal Equine Virus Moves Colorado to Change Horse Transportation Requirements

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture is putting in place new transportation requirements for horses traveling to the state. It’s a move that comes on the heels of three confirmed cases of a fatal horse virus.

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