Mid-Morning Headlines: The Duggars at Focus on the Family, the Fleck Brothers at Quiznos Pro Challenge, and More

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March 2011

Alternative Energies: As Pueblo debates nuclear energy, Xcel Energy and the solar industry have negotiated a way to restore some of the solar-credit incentives on the chopping block (Camera), and state senators passed a bipartisan bill favoring hydroelectric projects (Chieftain). While Congresswoman Diana DeGette once again challenges hydraulic fracturing (Colorado Independent), Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he'll approve 7,000 oil-and-gas drilling permits on public lands this year (Denver Post).

Hey, Hey, They're the Duggars: The Duggar brood from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting will perform at Focus on the Family this Saturday (Gazette).

Impressive Row: Longmont's Suzanne Pinto gives us another reason to feel lazy after the 58-year-old became the oldest woman to row across an entire ocean (Longmont Times-Call).

A Repro Hand: The bean counters at health-insurance companies might not like it, but the state's Division of Insurance has ruled major medical policies for individuals renewed since January 1 must require care for maternity as well as contraception (Denver Business Journal).

Pedal Power: The Quiznos Pro Challenge may not count Lance Armstrong as a competitor, but recent commitments from some of cycling's biggest names, like brothers Andy and Frank Schleck, will ensure the race has plenty of star power (Denver Post).

Out of the Pit: Discrimination could bring down the pit-bull bans in Denver and Aurora, if certain pits in the two cities are found to meet new federal guidelines, allowing them to be used as service animals under the Americans With Disabilities Act (Westword).