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10 local stories making headlines this week 

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  1. Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, introduced the States Act on April 4 to guarantee states the right to choose their own marijuana policies, Westword reported.
  2. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, voted "no" on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019.
  3. Kimberly Hough, the assistant superintendent for human resources and talent development for Loudon County School District in Virginia, is the finalist to replace Mark Hatchell as Academy District 20 superintendent.
  4. A shortfall of more than 200 valid signatures has delayed an effort to recall members of the Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 Board of Education. Organizers have until April 10 to obtain the needed signatures.
  5. Manitou Springs School District 14 announced it would begin searching for a new superintendent, as Ed Longfield plans to retire after this school year.
  6. Rainbow Falls Historic Site, outside Manitou Springs, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May.
  7. Karla Grazier, president and CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, received the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award on April 4 by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC.
  8. A new gathering area, overlook and restroom facility will be built near the main parking lot in Garden of the Gods. The $1.2 million project, which will add nine restrooms, is funded by the Garden of the Gods Foundation and local tax dollars.
  9. Wendy Birhanzel and John Rogerson will continue serving as co-chief operating officers for Harrison School District 2, the board decided. Meanwhile, Lewis-Palmer School District 38 announced Kenneth Christopher "K.C." Somers of Aurora would be its new superintendent.
  10. The 35th annual Space Symposium opened at The Broadmoor April 8 and runs through April 11. It draws thousands of international dignitaries and space professionals, including military, and is considered the industry's premier event.

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