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GOP Kills Colorado Civil Unions Bill In Special Session Andy Schmidt and his 10-month-old daughter Nora attend a rally supporting Civil Unions at the state Capitol in Denver on May 14, 2012. Colorado lawmakers were called back into a special session on Monday to vote on several bills including Civil Unions. 05/14/2012 - 5:25 pm | View Link
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Vermont State Police say four people are facing charges after a window was smashed and a fight broke out at a party in Irasburg.
Two others were charged with disorderly conduct and under age consumption of alcohol and a third was charged with providing false information to police.
The law taking effect July 1 is aimed at sending more low-level, nonviolent offenders to local community corrections programs and jails instead of to state prisons.
County officials say they'll consider increasing jail space and expanding work release, probation and home detention in response to the law.
With six weeks left in the 2014 session, behind-the-scenes negotiations among the House, Senate and governor's office are ramping up on how to plug a $188 million hole in the budget and fund education, public safety and child welfare.
The problem is a lack of revenue to appropriate on a growing list of priorities for all three sides that includes increased funding for common education, pay raises for some state workers and more money to fund the Pinnacle Plan, a series of sweeping child-welfare reforms within the Department of Human Services.
The estimated increase in the cost of benefits for public school teachers and support personnel is about $60 million, while pay hikes for some of the lowest-paid state workers comes with an annual price tag of about $35 million or more.
The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1gJy7lA) Saturday that Baker's attorney says lawyers for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating "intended to put her in as embarrassing a light as possible."