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Merchandising giant Amazon wants to open a second headquarters – called Amazon HQ2 -- outside of Seattle. Colorado is pulling together what it hopes is a winning bid, but it’s a competitive venture.

“This has gotten the attention of the nation for that matter -- and North America, so we’re competing internationally,” said J. J. Ament, the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

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Many of the films at Telluride come to Toronto a couple of days later, but in atmosphere two wonderful festivals are opposites. Telluride is the exquisite appreciation of cinema in a grand setting. Toronto is about doing the work to make films known.

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Tom Vilsack leads water and food initiatives at Colorado State University. He's also the former agriculture secretary, former governor of Iowa, and a champion of rural Ameria. His new organization, New Democracy, intends to create a bigger, more inclusive Democratic party - one he says will appeal to rural Americans who feel neglected by the current Democratic message.

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Colorado lobbyists reported earning 10 times as much as the lawmakers they worked to influence in 2017.

Nearly 600 lobbyists and lobbying firms reported earning a total of $30 million in fiscal year 2017, according to a KUNC analysis of Secretary of State data.

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Anarely was at her senior prom when tragedy struck: She dislocated her knee. But her next stop wasn’t the doctor’s office. Anarely is a so-called “DREAMer,” brought to the U.S. illegally at 6-years-old, and she didn’t qualify for health insurance.

“I feel like it’s such a routine thing to just say, ‘Hey, I’m sick, I’m going to go to the doctor,’” says the now-junior at Colorado State University. “But for my parents it was such a big sacrifice to get us to the doctor because it was a lot of money. We don’t qualify for health insurance, we don’t qualify for any form of aid.”

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Colorado native Mandy Harvey didn’t imagine herself competing on the NBC show “America’s Got Talent” for a variety of reasons.

There was her constant battles with stage fright and her tendency towards being an introvert -- and her complete hearing loss 10 years ago. But as an ambassador for the Fort Collins-based group No Barriers USA, a nonprofit that encourages those with disabilities to tackle adversity, the show proved to be a challenge worth taking on.

“When the opportunity came up to audition, (my friends and family reminded me) ‘Well, what’s the worst that can happen?’” Harvey said.

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In 1977, NASA launched two space probes to explore deep space and expand our view of the solar system. 40 years later, Voyager 1 and 2 are still sending back images to the amazement of scientists -- including University of Colorado Boulder’s Fran Bagenal. She’s a professor at CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and

“It was completely nuts to see these new worlds for the first time,” says Bagenal. “And each time these new images would come up on the camera and you’d be going, ‘What are we seeing now?’”

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It started out as just an ordinary Friday for construction inspector Dan Wagner, who was working on the City of Thornton’s new public safety building.

“I just started kicking around the dirt underneath my feet, and I found another couple fragments of it,” Wagner said. “And then I dusted off the area, and found a -- kind of a plate bone -- ended up being what was the horn.”

Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival is small. It runs only three and a half days over Labor Day weekend, tucked into that box canyon. Yet many people consider it the best film festival in the world.

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While Colorado’s congressional delegation had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many continue to show bipartisan support for the policy. The executive order, signed by President Obama, gave children brought into the United States illegally a chance to stay in the country legally.