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KUNC's Colorado Edition: Spending On The Roads Again

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In this week's episode of Colorado Edition, we take a look at what Colorado lawmakers did this past session to help ease the state's transportation issues, dig into the regulations for pesticides used on marijuana plants, venture off the beaten path to where an artist was busy bringing the Breckenridge troll back to life, and more.

Six months and one legislative session have gone by since Colorado voters rejected a pair of funding measures that would have generated billions of dollars for the state's roads and bridges. So how much progress did lawmakers make before they adjourned — and how are advocates reacting? Scott Franz has more from the Capitol.

10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, giving way to a thriving industry despite still being outlawed by the federal government. And without federal rules, states are left to come up with their own pesticide regulations. In part of a series on pesticides, KUNC and Harvest Public Media's Esther Honig looks into the issue.
This might come as a surprise, but Americans seem to be losing their taste for beer. The dizzying growth of the microbrew industry is slowing down, and craft beer producers are trying to buck this trend. As Maggie Mullen reports from the Mountain West News Bureau, that involves figuring out how to be competitive with each other and the newer kid on the block: craft spirits.

Last summer, a new resident came to Breckenridge. He was creative, environmentally friendly and popular. Maybe a little too popular. Stacy Nick has the story of the creation, demise and re-birth of Isak Heartstone — and fans and town officials alike are hoping the second time's the charm.

A lot has been written about the 1969 murders of seven people by the followers of cult-leader Charles Manson. Charlie Says is a new film based on a book by Mary Harron. KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, says it's a tender and brilliant movie.

In the headlines:

  • The juvenile suspect in the STEM school shooting has been charged as an adult, facing a first-degree murder charge. Both suspects appeared in court this week.
  • A Boulder police officer has resigned after an internal investigation into his confrontation with a black college student who was picking up trash in his yard. The investigation found officer John Smyly violated two department policies, and Boulder police released bodycam footage of the incident.
  • More asylum seekers are expected to make their way to Denver. A group of 55 refugees arrived from New Mexico on Monday. Their arrival is part of an effort to house a flood of newly released asylum seekers.
  • Broomfield City Council approved the first reading of a six month moratorium on oil and gas operations. The Denver Post reports the temporary freeze is aimed at allowing city officials time to update local ordinances in response to Senate Bill 181.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. The midshow break is "Bling Bong" by Robbie Reverb. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Lamplist"
  • "A Burst of Light"
  • "Manele"
  • "Lamb Drop"
  • "La Inglesa"

This episode was hosted and produced by Karlie Huckels and news director Catherine Welch. Digital editor Jackie Hai handled the web. Managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google PlayStitcher or wherever (RSS) you get your podcasts. You can hear it on the air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on KUNC.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.