Breaking News: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Colorado GOP rejects plan for surplus budget refunds

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado Republicans have rejected a bill to reclassify a fee paid by hospitals in order to use future budget surpluses on education and transportation. Democrats sponsored the plan and say the change is needed because the fee is prompting taxpayer refunds, even though the money is not in Colorado’s general fund. That fund is made of taxes. Colorado requires taxpayer rebates when tax collections exceed the rate of inflation and population growth. Reclassifying the ...

Colorado senators vote to hike their pay nearly 30 percent

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado senators have voted to hike their own pay nearly 30 percent. The Senate voted 21-14 for a bill to dramatically raise the pay of elected officials, including themselves. The vote came on the last possible day for a bill to clear at least one chamber. The pay raises now go to the House. The governor would get a 30 percent pay hike, from $90,000 a year to about $117,000 a year. State lawmakers would see pay raises of 27 percent, from $30,000 a year to about $38,000 a ...

Slain Boulder intruder tried to break into other homes

By The AP

BOULDER — Police say an intruder shot and killed in Boulder tried to get inside other nearby homes just before the shooting. Witnesses say the man had been banging on their doors and windows homes Monday night. Police say the man then banged on a window at the back of the home where a man and a woman were watching television. Police say the male resident got his handgun and soon the suspect came around to the front of the house, shattered a glass storm door and burst inside. Police ...

Rain on tap for western Colorado

By Staff

A rainy, cool day is in store for the Grand Valley today, and those conditions could persist for the next couple of days. A Pacific low pressure system is tracking through the region, bringing it with showers and thunderstorms and, in stronger storm cells, brief heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters are calling for a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in Grand Junction today and tonight, with a high temperature of 66 ...

Denver bar brawl turns fatal after driver runs over 2

By The AP

DENVER — Police are searching for a suspect who they believe intentionally struck and killed 34-year-old Armando Rodriguez-Uribe with a pickup truck after a bar fight. The Denver Post reports that an autopsy shows Rodriguez-Uribe died of blunt force injuries after he was struck by the truck outside a Denver bar early Sunday morning. Denver police tell the Post that another person involved in the fight was also struck by the truck. The second victim was treated for minor injuries and ...

Lawmakers nearing agreement to reduce student tests

By The AP

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are close to agreement on one of the most vexing problems of the term — how to reduce standardized tests for students in public schools. Legislators have been debating various plans to reduce student tests for months. But they’ve been divided over how far to go. Compromise bills moving through the House and Senate would retain required tests in 9th grade, one of the big sticking points. But the compromise opens the door for getting rid of ...

Former Eagle County employee admits to embezzling thousands

By The AP

EAGLE — A former Eagle County employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling tens of thousands from taxpayers. The Vail Daily newspaper reports that 55-year-old Brenda Wright pleaded guilty Monday to theft and embezzlement of public property, both felonies. She will be sentenced in July. The exact amount is a point of disagreement, with prosecutors saying she took more than $158,000 including interest, and Wright’s attorney saying that number is inflated by about $20,000. Wright ...

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