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Tuesday Newscast, 12/5/17, 5:32 p.m.

Dec 5, 2017

Newscast for Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:32 p.m.

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For the second time in five years, the El Paso County Board of Health has put the brakes on a plan to create a syringe exchange program. The decision came at the end of an impassioned, three-hour-long meeting Monday morning, where concerned citizens, healthcare providers, and others voiced both support for and opposition to the plan.

A state lawmaker has drafted legislation to remove Rep. Steve Lebsock from office as Lebosck has refused calls for his resignation. It sets the stage for a battle, as allegations of sexual harassment continue at the Colorado Capitol. Lebsock is a Democrat running for state treasurer.

Rep. Matt Gray, also a Democrat, said he will introduce a resolution when lawmakers return to the legislature in January. Gray said he believes the accounts of the women who first accused Lebsock in our stories last month. 

Another woman has decided to file a formal complaint alleging sexual harassment by a lawmaker at Colorado’s Capitol. The former legislative intern alleges that Sen. Jack Tate regularly leered at her and nudged her, making inappropriate comments during the 2017 legislative session.

That raises the number of formal complaints against lawmakers to four. Earlier this month, we reported that Rep. Faith Winter and former lobbyist Holly Tarry filed complaints against Rep. Steve Lebsock, a Democrat, alleging unwanted sexual advances and vulgar and inappropriate discussions.

A former legislative aide has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Republican state Sen. Randy Baumgardner for inappropriately touching her. 

The woman alleges that Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs slapped and grabbed her buttocks about four times over a three month period during the 2016 legislative session when she worked at the State Capitol. She alleges that each incident happened inside the Capitol building during her workday, often while she was walking through a corridor next to the Senate Chamber. 

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"Alice's Restaurant" is a satirical, storytellin' (and mostly true) song by Arlo Guthrie, which has become a Thanksgiving Day staple for many public radio listeners. The song begins with the tale of a littering mishap at a refuse dump which was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and follows the hearing and legal citation that ensued. Arlo Guthrie comically leads the listener to the Vietnam-era draft board in New York City which ultimately rejects his military conscription based on his crime of littering. In the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, the deadpan monologue delivery and fingerpickin' style of the song reveals a strong anti-war theme.

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Of all the works of art that have been inspired by or created in Colorado Springs, perhaps none is more famous than the song, "America the Beautiful." It's a patriotic song nearly as recognizable and beloved as the National Anthem itself.

But despite the song’s popularity, the woman behind those famous lyrics is less well known. A new book called Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea, by author Melinda M. Ponder, examines the life of poet Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the first draft of "America the Beautiful" while teaching in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1893. Ponder spoke with 91.5 KRCC about how Bates' experience in Colorado Springs shaped her patriotism.

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Colorado will soon be home to a test facility for an experimental new high-speed transportation system. The company Arrivo has announced plans to build a test track in the Denver metro area.

Arrivo was created by a co-founder of Hyperloop, and like that company, its system uses magnetic levitation to move passengers at high speeds -- up to 200mph. But where Hyperloop aims to connect multiple cities across hundreds of miles, Arrivo is focused on shortening commutes within a given metro region.

A flood of lawmakers are now calling for the resignation for Rep. Steve Lebsock, a Democrat running for state treasurer, in the wake of our reporting on allegations of sexual misconduct.

Meanwhile, a second woman has come forward with additional allegations that raise questions about Lebsock’s behavior at the State Capitol.

Nine legislators, staffers and lobbyists are alleging that Rep. Steve Lebsock, a Democrat running for state treasurer, harassed, intimidated or made unwanted sexual advances against them. And in response to our reporting, a top Democratic leader is calling on Lebsock to “do the right thing and resign.”

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

Tuesday's election in Colorado saw voters across the state weigh in on everything from tax increases to school board and mayoral races. 

In El Paso County, unofficial results show voters embracing a slate of tax increases and spending measures, including a $14.5-million TABOR retention for I-25 and other infrastructure needs, a new fee in Colorado Springs to pay for stormwater projects, and a $42-million tax increase for District 11, Colorado Springs’ largest school district.

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Great Outdoors Colorado, or GOCO, has awarded $60,750 to Colorado Springs-based conservation group, Palmer Land Trust. The grant will fund efforts to recruit a new generation into the cause of land conservation. 

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

91.5 KRCC joins five other public radio stations to launch a regional news consortium, covering issues spanning the Rocky Mountain West, to include Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana.

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On Saturday October 6, 2017 at 2p.m., two of NPR's most popular podcasts will debut in one hour long program on 91.5 KRCC. Planet Money explains the economy in a way that's both engaging and well reported, and How I Built This explores the origin stories of today's most iconic brands from the entrepreneurs who started them.

Saturday's programming line up will shift forward one hour  following Weekend Edition - now you can hear Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me at 10 a.m., Dinner Party Download at 11 a.m., This American Life at noon, Radiolab at 1 p.m., and Planet Money & How I Built This at 2 p.m.

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After September 30, 2017, 91.5 KRCC will end the weekly broadcast the Best of Car Talk programs.

Car Talk began in 1977 as a regional call in show hosted at WBUR in Boston, and was syndicated nationally by NPR beginning in 1986. Wisecracking brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, otherwise known as The Tappet Brothers, provided weekly advice to car owners about the mechanics of their cars, and, more importantly, advice about the emotional relationships owners had with their cars.  

Andrea Chalfin / 91.5 KRCC

Colorado Springs Utilities is researching the possibility of closing its Martin Drake Power Plant sooner than a previously established 2035 deadline. Early results from a new survey suggest public support for such a move.

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Colorado Springs City Council president Richard Skorman has issued a formal proclamation designating October 9th, 2017 as Indigenous Peoples' Day. The move places Colorado Springs in the company of such cities as Portland, Minneapolis, and Denver, all of which have voted to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the federal holiday known as Columbus Day.

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

The long-awaited solar eclipse wowed viewers across the country Monday. Here in Colorado Springs -- though not quite in the "path of totality" -- clear blue skies made for great viewing of a 90% partial eclipse, and crowds gathered across the city to catch the spectacle.

Updated at 9:45 p.m. ET

President Trump declared that a hasty withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan "would create a vacuum" and that America is "not nation-building again; we are killing terrorists."

Updated at 6:30 a.m. ET June 4

London Metropolitan Police say at least seven people have died, and 48 others were injured, after the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday.