DALLAS — Newly inaugurated ­Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper issued three executive orders designed to ­improve the economy Tuesday as the evenly ­divided General Assembly prepared to open its 2011 legislative session.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, resigned his position as mayor of Denver, then walked from the City and County Building across Civic Center Park to the steps of the state capitol for his swearing-in as governor. The new session starts Wednesday.

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