9:20am

Tue July 22, 2014
Energy

Study: Shale Energy Greenhouse Emissions About Half That Of Coal

Fracking trucks at a well site in northern Colorado.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Electricity from gas produced by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, releases about half the greenhouse gas emissions as coal, Colorado researchers reported Monday.

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6:30am

Tue July 22, 2014

6:00am

Tue July 22, 2014
Politics

Out Of Public Eye, A Bitter Farm Bill Fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
Credit Creative Commons

The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.

With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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5:30am

Tue July 22, 2014
Transportation

Tolled Express Lanes A National Trend, And Colorado's Firmly On Board

An express toll lane in Utah on southbound I-15. Note the electronic sign that notifies drivers of the variable price of the toll.
Garrett Flickr-Creative Commons

On a June day in 2006, Myron Swisher stood on a highway overpass, watching a history-making moment on Interstate 25. Swisher, who worked for the state Department of Transportation, had labored for the past nine years to open a high occupancy toll lane on the crowded road, and he wanted to watch the first cars use it.

"The day we opened, I hopped in the car and went out to the 58th Avenue Bridge that looks down upon the tolling zone," Swisher said. "It was probably about 2:30 in the afternoon, so I wanted to get out there and see how things are going before rush hour started."

Looking back, Swisher's moment on the bridge may have marked the beginning of a new era in Colorado transportation.

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6:45am

Mon July 21, 2014

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