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ASPEN (AP) – The Aspen Skiing Company has been ordered by a federal jury to pay a former employee $150,000 for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Former housekeeper Arcelia Rojo claimed the company fired her because of a nagging elbow injury she received on the job. Skico owns and operates the five-star Little Nell Hotel where Rojo worked.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Public school students in Colorado are turning to tuition-free online and charter school education more than before. Fall enrollment figures show enrollment in the Guided Online Academic Learning Academy has increased 201 percent over the past 10 years statewide. Now, 2.1 percent or 18,664 public school students are registered in online programs.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration says it’s halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review. The question is whether fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal’s impact on the environment. Forty percent of the coal produced in the U.S. comes from federal lands. Most comes from Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico.

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