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TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas hasn’t decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana even though the two states share a border. Spokeswoman Jennifer Rapp said Friday that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been considering legal action against Colorado for months. But she said in an email […]

DENVER | Colorado lawmakers are getting a briefing on how much tax revenue the state is collecting before they convene next month for the 2015 legislative session. The quarterly revenue forecasts have been positive during the previous two years and now lawmakers face the requirement of having to refund money to taxpayers. That’s because Colorado’s Taxpayer’s […]

FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, takes questions after speaking on oil and gas drilling at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. As the Colorado economy improves, elected officials are getting more comfortable asking for their funding needs. But with more revenue, Colorado faces the state constitutional requirement to refund money to taxpayers, even as some lawmakers argue they haven't fully restored cuts made during the last recession. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

“That’s going to be the question for everybody — is there an appetite to go out and say, ‘All right, how do we get some of this money to our local communities?'” Hickenlooper told officials at the annual conference for Colorado Counties Inc.

COLORADO SPRINGS | El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa plans to retire at the end of the year, two weeks before the end of his third term. Maketa, who played a leading role in responding to fires in the Colorado Springs area last year, was accused of having affairs with three female subordinates, creating a hostile work […]

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning speaks at a news conference in Lincoln, Neb. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 announcing that he and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt are filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a declaration that Colorado's legalization of marijuana violates the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

“Because neighboring states have expressed concern about Colorado-grown marijuana coming into their states, we are not entirely surprised by this action,” he said. “However, it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado.”

DENVER | The Colorado Department of Transportation is beginning a statewide push to make sure tires are ready to take on mountain travel this winter. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1zaltty ) representatives with CDOT and a Denver tire company will be at Arapahoe Basin ski resort Saturday to provide information and to check tire treads. Checks will […]

FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, center, takes questions after speaking on oil and gas drilling at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. As the Colorado economy improves, elected officials are getting more comfortable asking for their funding needs. But with more revenue, Colorado faces the state constitutional requirement to refund money to taxpayers, even as some lawmakers argue they haven't fully restored cuts made during the last recession. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

But more revenue means Colorado is required to start issuing refunds mandated by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights when revenue exceeds the combined rate of inflation and population growth.

DENVER |  A Denver couple are being prosecuted for child abuse after their 3-year-old daughter tested positive for marijuana use. Prosecutors charged 33-year-old Mario Hollerway and 26-year-old Alysia Lombard with misdemeanor child abuse and having more pot than allowed under Colorado law on Wednesday. They took their daughter to the hospital after she became sick after […]

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