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COLORADO SPRINGS | More than 1,700 of Colorado’s highest-paid state employees are making more than $100,000 a year. The Colorado Springs Gazette (http://tinyurl.com/n8vaeqo ) says an analysis of state employee compensation shows the judicial branch tops the list with nearly 500 employees in that salary range. The Colorado Department of Transportation has about 160 employees making six […]

FILE - In athis March 31, 2014 file photo, Meg Ivatti, right, control center leader for HealthSource RI in Providence, R.I., works with customer engagement specialist Dianiri Paulino to help sign up a caller for health insurance. Rhode Island got high marks for a smooth rollout of its health insurance marketplace amid last year’s stumbles by the federal government, but the future of HealthSource RI is far from certain. Rhode Island has not identified a way to pay for it, and under the Affordable Care Act, state exchanges are supposed to be self-sustaining starting in 2015. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

“We do not have a deficit; our enrollment is sufficient to fund ongoing operations through 2015-16,” Covered California spokesman James Scullary said. “We remain committed to managing our resources prudently.”

DENVER | A woman from Greenwood Village has been selected to be a 2015 Rhodes scholar. Emily Witt is now a senior at Stanford University where she majors in human biology and is working on a minor in psychology. The scholarships announced Sunday provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford University […]

High-ranking officials are scheduled to attend, including Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze and Gov. John Hickenlooper.

US rig count up 1 to 1,929

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,574 rigs were exploring for oil and 355 for gas. A year ago there were 1,761 active rigs.

AURORA | An online campaign is underway to raise money for an Aurora cop shot while on duty last week.  The gofundme.com page for Officer Ryan Burns is seeking to raise $30,000 for the officer, who was shot in the leg Nov. 14 during a traffic stop in northwest Aurora. He underwent surgery last weekend […]

Arturo Hernandez says new federal policies announced Thursday will probably protect his wife and children but he is worried a deportation order against him will still be carried out.