The past two weeks have seen two bank failures along the Front Range. KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood about what brought about the demise of United Western and FirsTier banks.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is co-sponsoring legislation that would add an amendment to the US Constitution directing Congress to balance the federal budget each year, similar to what many states already require.

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With America already short $38 trillion needed to pay for Medicare insurance for the elderly over the next 75 years, the nation must focus on controlling healthcare costs, according to Dr. Michael Pramenko, president of the Colorado Medical Society.

For the first time in its history, the University of Colorado in Boulder has more graduates serving in the Peace Corps than any other large college or university in the nation.

A leading business conditions survey shows a strong start to the New Year for the mountain states of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.

Grace Hood

The future of state funding for a breakfast program benefiting Colorado’s needy children is uncertain, but one Colorado Springs collation says it will help if lawmakers can’t. 

Last month the Joint Budget Committee blocked a request by the Colorado Department of Education for $124,000 in supplemental money for the program. That means kids might have to start paying 30 cents a meal after March when the funding runs out.

Gay rights activists are criticizing Colorado Attorney General John Suthers for seeking to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, which is being challenged in Massachusetts. At issue are federal benefits for same-sex couples.

Colorado Statesman

Recent calls for civility in politics hit a bump in the road at the state capitol last week. KUNC’s Brian Larson spoke with Colorado Statesman Publisher Jody Hope Strogoff about that and the confirmation of a controversial member Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet that’s already causing partisan divisions.

Commuters can expect to battle icy roads and bitter cold as the snow continues to fall across the region.
Meteorologist Kyle Fredin of the National Weather Service in Boulder says the extreme cold is the story of this storm, with temperatures along the Front Range expected to plummet to around -15 to even -20 in some parts Tuesday night. The record low temperature for then is -25.

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet brought his school tour to Northern Colorado today with a visit to Harris Bilingual Immersion School in Ft. Collins.