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12:44pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Environment

Colorado Wildlife Commissioners Authorize Drilling in State Park

A drilling rig near Longmont, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners have voted unanimously to authorize limited oil and gas development within a state park east of Longmont.  The decision giving the initial go ahead to Anadarko Petroleum’s controversial proposal at St. Vrain State Park follows nearly a year of review.

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8:03am

Thu January 12, 2012
It's All Politics

In South Carolina, Perry Tries To Revive His Flagging Campaign

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his presidential campaign in South Carolina last August, but now his campaign may soon come to an end in the same state where it started. Ben Philpott of KUT News reports on Morning Edition that with the clock ticking down to the Jan. 21 primary, Perry is polling in single digits.

That means Perry has just over a week to convince South Carolinians to vote for him. Philpott spends some time on the campaign trail with Perry, reporting that those attending stops, like Lexington resident Glenn Gainey, know the deal.

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6:43am

Thu January 12, 2012
Business

Pinnacol Wants to Go Private

Colorado’s largest carrier of workers’ compensation insurance, Pinnacol Assurance, has sent a proposal to Governor John Hickenlooper in hopes of being allowed to go private. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke with Northern Colorado Business Report Publisher Jeff Nuttall for more.

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6:23am

Thu January 12, 2012
Politics

Lawmakers Open 2012 Legislative Session

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State lawmakers filled the Colorado capitol on Wednesday for the first day of the annual 120 day legislative session. As in previous years, lawmakers from both political parties pledged to work together to tackle the state’s toughest challenges. But partisan battle lines are already being drawn. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland has more.

5:45am

Thu January 12, 2012
Environment

Years From Now, Front Range Hail Could Be Scarce

Small hail frequently seen at higher elevations along Colorado's Front Range
University of Colorado, Boulder NOAA

Summertime hail is a common occurrence along Colorado’s Front Range. But a new study suggests it could all but disappear from the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains by the year 2070.

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