State Briefs

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 […]

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 […]

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 ( ) 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 […]

FILE - This July, 26, 2014 file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows a Greater Sage Grouse at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming. A legislative rider in Congress’ $1.1 trillion spending bill would delay protections for the wide-ranging Western bird that’s been on a collision course with the oil and gas industry. The Obama administration faced a September 2015 deadline to propose protections for greater sage grouse. But the spending package agreed to late Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 by Democrat and Republican leaders prevents the administration from spending any money next year on rules to protect the ground-dwelling bird. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Koerner, File)

Jewell said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue collecting and analyzing data on sage grouse. A decision on whether protections are warranted will be reached by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, Interior officials said.

Investigators say the teen was 13 when shot his 50-year-old father twice in the head with a rifle on or around April 30, when the man was scheduled to meet with a sheriff’s deputy investigating a graffiti case involving the teen.

Forty-one-year-old Gabriel Flores, the alleged gunman, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree murder. He was also charged with one count of attempted murder involving a fourth man in the Adams County home.