September 28, 2006 A unidentified gunman shot and killed a student he held hostage for four hours at a high school in Bailey, Colo., on Wednesday. The man also killed himself as police entered the school in an attempt to rescue two hostages.
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September 26, 2006 Twenty-five years ago today, a dog in Wyoming arrived at its owner's doorstep with a dead black-footed ferret in its mouth. Until then, biologists thought the species was extinct. Today, the species struggles to survive.
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September 19, 2006 Voters in several western states will vote on new property rights initiatives on the ballot this November. The measures would mandate that the government compensate people if regulations are enacted that decrease property values.
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September 18, 2006 Voters across the West will consider initiatives this November to bar state governments from seizing private property through eminent domain. But opponents are most concerned about the initiatives' "regulatory takings" provision, which would allow compensation for the lost value of land affected by environmental regulations.
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August 29, 2006 Prosecutors have dropped their case against John Karr in the JonBenet Ramsey case, saying the DNA results failed to put him at the crime scene. They also cited circumstantial evidence that he was in Atlanta at the time of the Colorado crime.
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August 25, 2006 At 3:32 p.m. on Thursday, the Boulder County District Attorney's office put out a press release warning reporters. It said anyone going to the Boulder Airport would have to obey all rules -- park only in designated spots, don't park on the streets and don't block any roads. A reporter could be excused, then, for assuming that John Mark Karr would be arriving at the Boulder airport at 5:00 p.m., just like the rumor mill was reporting. So, it was quite a surprise when the plane landed at the Broomfield Airport, 10 miles away, instead. This just a few days after the Boulder County Sheriff's office put out a statement saying there was no need to try and get a shot of Karr in Colorado because "Karr will not be paraded or exposed to public view during his transfers to or from the county jail..." Was this a deliberate effort to foil reporters hoping to get a "perp walk" shot for the front page or that evening's news?
August 21, 2006 Reporter Jeff Brady is covering the JonBenet Ramsey case in Colorado, where, he says, the Boulder County Sheriff's office is trying to prevent a media circus: If you're tired -- all over again -- of the JonBenet Ramsey story, imagine how the folks at the Boulder County Sheriff's office in Colorado feel. Apparently, they're frustrated and tired of fielding inquiries on the very smallest of details regarding the extradition of John Mark Karr. Television news programs love pictures of the "perp walk" -- that's where you see the accused walking into a courthouse or jail with an officer holding each arm. We saw perp walks with Karr in Thailand and Los Angeles. Next he's headed to Colorado... Well, in Boulder they like to be different. It's one of those left-leaning towns where the Whole Foods parking lot is always packed. It's a very "crunchy" place. And apparently they're not into perp walks. The sheriff's department put out a press release today that read: "(W)e are being hounded about the extradition... Mr. Karr will not be paraded or exposed to public view during his transfers to or from the county jail, and there is little to gain from news crews hanging out at the jail..."
August 18, 2006 A teacher named John Mark Karr says he was responsible for the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in 1996. Now in Thai custody, Karr is expected to be returned to the U.S. for further investigation. Colorado authorites have been guarded in their comments about Karr's arrest.
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August 17, 2006 At the request of U.S. authorities, Thai police continue to hold a teacher in connection with the 1996 murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey. A district attorney in Colorado, where the much-publicized case unfolded, is taking a cautious approach to details in the case.
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August 13, 2006 Cattle ranchers in the Nebraska panhandle are assessing the damage after lightning-sparked fires quickly burned across 70,000 acres of dry grasslands. Ranchers had planned on using the grass to feed cattle. Now ranchers face difficult decisions.
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July 25, 2006 "Snowballs" are a summertime obsession in New Orleans. The shaved-ice treats flavored with syrup are sold from corner stands like Hansen's Sno-Bliz. Ernest and Mary Hansen started the business during the Depression. Both died soon after Hurricane Katrina and their granddaughter, Ashley, has taken over.
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July 24, 2006 In a Mississippi mall, FEMA demonstrates the features of what it considers the best home design and construction techniques to withstand hurricanes and floodwaters.
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July 23, 2006 From flood-ravaged New Orleans to weathered barns out West, people are learning how to salvage construction materials from old or ruined buildings. Neither insurance companies nor FEMA cover the cost of this "deconstruction," but new tools are boosting the fan base of salvage construction.
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July 18, 2006 Reporter Jeff Brady has spent the last week in Louisiana, where he's following the progress of repairs to the hundreds of oil and gas platforms and pipelines damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Although the weather hasn't yet allowed him to get out to a platform in the Gulf, Jeff's been able to commune with the nature of the Deep South. Superior Offshore International has a large ship with divers who are working on the damaged and destroyed pipelines. The company offered to take me and a few other reporters out to see how the work is accomplished. We arrived at the Lafayette Airport early this morning. At the time, weight seemed to be the biggest concern. There were six passengers instead of five and the cameras and audio equipment weighed a lot. But as we got out into the Gulf, an approaching storm started to worry the pilot. We diverted to Morgan City, La., to wait out the storm. Every 30 minutes, our pilot would return from the weather briefing room with more bad news... First the storm was moving one way, then back again, then it had completely surrounded the ship that was our target...
July 11, 2006 The Rocky Mountains contain huge reservoirs of gas, but they also have some of the last untouched lands in the country. Colorado's Roan Plateau is one of these largely pristine places, and a debate is raging over whether to open its public lands to drilling.
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