Aurora Business

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, joined by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., , left, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The U.S. Senate has rejected a proposal to fast-track the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, shortly after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance. He was joined by incoming Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who said the fight wasn’t over.

Former billionaire Eike Batista, a Brazilian tycoon once named No. 7 on Forbes' list of the world's richest people, attends a hearing at a federal criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Batista went on trial Tuesday in an insider trading case that could make him the first person in the country to go to prison on such charges. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

“This (the Batista trial) is one more episode in what I see as the affirmation of the rule of law in the Brazilian democracy,” said Paulo Sotero, who heads the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

FILE - In this June 21, 2011 file photo, a Harley Davidson rides past a sign before a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays in Milwaukee. Harley Davidson, which gets a tenth of its revenue from Japan, said Japanese sales of its rumbling motorcycles slumped 7 percent in the three months ending in September 2014. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

“If the Japanese economy continues to shrink, it has a big impact on other countries,” says Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

A map provided by the City of Aurora shows the city's current boundary, a projected annexation boundary, and in orange, land outside the planning range that developers want to annex to Aurora for residential and business development

“Certain types of development are good,” Councilman Bob LeGare said. “Residential housing by itself … that’s a net loss for the city. We have to pay for that. For every thousand residents that move out (east), we have to pay a quarter of a million dollars for two cops … That’s what I’m looking for in these studies, what’s the financial impact in case we annex another 20 sections out there.”

A group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers wrapped up a final task force meeting Monday with no consensus or votes on what marijuana-infused foods and drinks should look like.

Construction on the Viridian Apartments completed and doors opened over the summer in Aurora. Passed in 2005, the Colorado Construction Defect Law has been extremely contentious amid construction and real estate professionals in recent years, with supporters saying that the law provides home owners with necessary protections and critics claiming that it has been stifling condominium construction in the metro area. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel0

“Condos were a great stepping stone for individuals and families looking to gain ownership experience, but we don’t have that anymore,” she said. “Individuals that cannot afford the median home price of about $300,000 are left with the rental market and that’s a big challenge.”

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, smaller-dose pot-infused cookies, called the Rookie Cookie, sit on the packaging table at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder. Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley,File)

“The department remains concerned that there are products on the market that so closely resemble children’s candy that it can entice children to experiment with marijuana. Marijuana should not seem ‘fun’ for kids,” the agency wrote in its recommendation.

In this March 11, 2013 photo, a sign reading "Stop the Transcanada Pipeline" stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb., along the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. Congress is scrambling to vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but the project could still end up before an obscure commission in Nebraska that regulates telephones, taxi cabs and grain bins.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

“I don’t know if they think they can just override Nebraska,” said Randy Thompson, one of three landowners who filed suit to challenge the state’s approval process. “If we win our case, I assume TransCanada is going to have to go back to the drawing board.”

Commuters search for a parking spot May 29 at RTD's Nine Mile Station in Aurora. City officials say RTD's plans for 1,800 parking spaces on Aurora's light rail line aren't enough.  (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

“We have a highly susceptible population of elderly people,” said Albert Melcher, a resident of the independent and assisted living facility, St. Andrew’s Village, located half a mile south of the future station on East Yale Avenue.