Grand Junction–President Barack Obama got the crowd excited during yesterday’s campaign rally at Grand Junction High School. Obama railed against Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney on taxes and health care. The President accuses Romney of wanting to raise taxes on the middle class to cut taxes for the wealthy. Obama also says Romney plan to repeal the federal health care program will be a setback for women. Obama wrapped up his two-day swing through Colorado today in Pueblo at the state fairgrounds.

Alamosa–The first debate between Colorado’s 3rd congressional district candidates took place last night at Adams State College in Alamosa. Democrat challenger Sal Pace accuses incumbent Republican Scott Tipton of voting strictly along party lines. The two do agree that energy development will play a big role in reviving the economy of western Colorado and Pueblo. Pace and Tipton will debate at least two more times before election day.

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado State Patrol has turned 10 people over to immigration officials after troopers stopped an SUV on I-70 west of Denver. Two troopers were hurt during the chase, but the injuries were not believed to be serious. KCNC-TV reports investigators say the trooper who spotted the speeding vehicle suspected people were being smuggled.

DENVER (AP) – Results from Colorado’s new statewide public school tests show little student improvement over previous years. The new Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests measures year-to-year improvement for students, which educators say is better than the previous test that only provided a snapshot of student performance.

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Aspen’s Ducky Derby is back on track after water providers agreed to help keep the event afloat. Fundraisers plan to send thousands of rubber ducks down the Roaring Fork River on Saturday, despite a severe drought that limits river flows. Water providers agreed to hold off on water demands to let the fundraiser go on. People rent the ducks to compete for a $10,000 prize and donate to charity.

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