The Weekly Rundown


• The college celebrated the accomplishments of students in all classes during Honors Convocation this week



• Two Colorado Springs homebuilders rank among the nation’s top 100 according to Builder magazine. (Gazette)



  A white woman called the police on two Native American teens on a tour of Colorado State University. This incident of racial profiling went viral last week. (Splinter)

• State legislators passed a massive transportation funding bill earlier in the week. The bill would pour nearly $3 billion into the state’s highway, local, and multimodal transportation infrastructure. (Westworld)

• Democratic attorney general candidate Brad Levin was removed from the ballot after the Colorado Supreme Court declined to review the lower court ruling. Levin claimed thousands of signatures were excluded by republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (9News)

• The Denver Post continues to face high turnover in protest of staff and content cuts from new parent company Digital First Media. Dean Singleton, who owned the Denver Post from 1987-2013, is the latest to go. (Westworld)

• The ski industry tallied about 1 million fewer visits to the Rocky Mountains this winter in a year of low snowfall, a five percent decrease from last year. More than 68% of the Colorado River watershed is experiencing drought conditions classified as severe or worse. (AP/KRCC)



• The Trump administration called for $15.4 billion in spending cuts, including $10 million from the EPA, $6.69 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), $40.8 million from Public and Indian Housing Programs, and $179.1 million from the Federal Highway administration. So much for infrastructure. (Politico)

• Connecticut became the next in a series of states that passed bills giving Electoral College votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. (HuffPo)

• New in the Russia controversy, it was discovered that a New York investment firm controlled by Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg deposited half a million dollars into a secret account set up by attorney Michael Cohen to pay off Trump’s sexual partners. (NYMag)

• The South Carolina senate voted to effectively outlaw nearly all abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies. (Hill)

• Oklahoma state lawmakers passed a bill allowing people to carry guns without a license. (Hill)

• The E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce outbreak spread to 29 states this week, sickening 149 people in total. (DenFoodNews)



  President Trump left the Iran deal this week, sending the rest of the world into a frenzy. Iran is currently in talks with the EU and China to maintain the deal.(GlobalTimes)

• Russian police detained nearly 1,600 people protesting Putin’s 4th presidential term. (WashPo)

• Three American prisoners were released by North Korea ahead of President Trump’s planned meeting with Kim Jong-Un. (NYT)

• A volcano erupted on the main island of Hawaii, forcing thousands to flee and destroying homes. (NBC)

• The Trump administration froze funding for the White Helmets, a famed humanitarian group in Syria, as fighting in the country continues. (Hill)

• Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad will likely be the worlds oldest elected leader with 92 years of age. (BBC)

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte is a sophomore from New York City who has taken the past two years to immerse herself in the Colorado Springs political community. When she isn't writing articles, she is out making the news. Charlotte is fascinated by current events from campus to Congo. Her go-to's for news are the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post.
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