Wed August 3, 2011

Oil and Gas Industry Warms to Hickenlooper Plan

Governor John Hickenlooper wants to force oil and gas companies in Colorado to publicly disclose the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing fluids.  The practice known widely as “fracking” has been subject to scrutiny lately as reports of groundwater contamination near gas wells have escalated around the country.  The Governor made the surprise announcement of his plans while delivering the opening speech yesterday at a Colorado Oil and Gas Association conference in Denver. 

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Tue August 2, 2011

Colorado Governor Calls for Public Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

KUNC file photo

Governor John Hickenlooper says he wants oil and gas companies in Colorado to publicly disclose the chemicals in their hydraulic fracturing, or fracking fluids.  Speaking at a conference sponsored by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in Denver Tuesday, the Governor said he wants the state’s oil and gas regulatory commission to adopt a new rule to that end by the end of the year.

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Mon August 1, 2011

Landmark School Funding Trial Underway in Denver

A lawsuit that could make Colorado spend billions more on education each year began in Denver District Court Monday.  Parents and school districts are suing to force the state to completely restructure how it funds public education. 

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Mon July 25, 2011
Health and Environment

New Study Affirms Colorado’s Poorest Populations Die Younger

Residents participate in organized daily exercises at a retirement community. A new study shows a direct correlation between wealth and longevity in Colorado.
Flip Schulke/The National Archives

Colorado’s lowest life expectancies often occur in the counties with the highest poverty rates, according to a recent study by the University of Washington and U.S. Census data.

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Mon July 11, 2011

Woman Invokes 5th Amendment To Avoid Disclosing Laptop Password

Robert Siegel talks with Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent for CNET, about a federal case in which Ramona Fricosu, a Colorado woman, is refusing to disclose a laptop password to authorities — arguing it would violate her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Fricosu is facing several charges related to a mortgage scam. The encrypted laptop was seized from her bedroom during a police raid. McCullagh tells us more about the case — and what legal implications it may have.