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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

Omicron comprises more than 90% of new COVID-19 infections in Colorado

By: - December 29, 2021

The omicron variant of COVID-19 comprises at least 91% of new infections in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis said at a virtual news conference Wednesday. That estimate, based on laboratory analysis, is up from 1% just two weeks ago — showing how quickly the variant is spreading in the state. “If you get COVID, there’s a […]

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With six months to go, 2022 state legislative primaries come into focus

By: - December 28, 2021

Already, a long list of candidates from both major parties have announced plans to run for Michael Bennet’s U.S. Senate seat or Lauren Boebert’s 3rd Congressional District. Each party will hold a primary election next June, and Colorado’s recent move to allow open primaries means unaffiliated voters can cast a ballot in either one. There’s […]

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Judge to consider new sentence for truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

By: - December 27, 2021

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, the truck driver originally sentenced to 110 years in prison for his role in causing a fiery 28-car crash in Jefferson County, could get a shorter sentence. During a scheduling conference Monday, District Court Judge Bruce Jones set a resentencing hearing for Jan. 13, at the request of 1st Judicial District Attorney Alexis […]

Legal snag jeopardizes paid family, medical leave for 28,000 state workers

By: - December 23, 2021

After Colorado voters approved a wide-ranging paid family and medical leave program last year, Gov. Jared Polis announced that state employees would receive a similar paid-leave benefit beginning Jan. 1, 2021 — three years before the voter-approved program would take effect for everyone else. Now, however, state employees could lose paid family and medical leave benefits […]

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Capitol rally urges Gov. Polis to commute 110-year sentence of truck driver in I-70 crash

By: - December 22, 2021

On April 25, 2019, Rogel Aguilera-Mederos was driving a semitrailer on Interstate 70 in Jefferson County when his brakes failed, according to testimony he later gave investigators. The ensuing fiery crash killed four people, damaging and destroying 28 vehicles. Though the carnage apparently wasn’t intentional, Aguilera-Mederos faced 41 charges, including vehicular homicide. Aguilera-Mederos was not […]

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Once homeless, Colorado’s Rep. Jackson will fill key role at federal housing agency

By: - December 22, 2021

State Rep. Dominique Jackson, an Aurora Democrat serving her third term in the Colorado House of Representatives, is leaving elected office for an influential position in the Biden administration. President Joe Biden appointed Jackson as a regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she’ll manage HUD’s efforts to help people find […]

Amid rising inflation, state forecasts project solid growth for Colorado’s economy

By: - December 20, 2021

The latest economic forecasts released by Colorado officials predict continued growth for the state even amid supply chain disruptions, a labor shortage and high inflation. That means Coloradans can expect to receive refunds and tax cuts — mandated under state law when revenue exceeds a certain amount — in each of the next couple of […]

Colorado hopes to persuade nursing homes to admit older, ill parolees

By: - December 20, 2021

As Colorado’s prison population ages, Department of Corrections officials are asking lawmakers for additional money to help the department find new homes for older and ill inmates upon their release. The request — $702,000 for each of the next two fiscal years — is relatively small compared with typical budget requests. The money will “guarantee beds in […]

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As fentanyl kills more Coloradans, prosecutors call for stricter penalties

By: - December 16, 2021

An assortment of Colorado’s top prosecutors and state lawmakers, along with the mother of a young man who died after taking pills containing fentanyl, are calling for stricter penalties for drug dealers peddling the powerful synthetic opioid. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment predicts the number of drug overdose deaths in the state […]

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Colorado’s 2021 overdose deaths on track to break last year’s record

By: - December 16, 2021

It’s all but certain: More Coloradans will die of drug overdoses in 2021 than in any other year in recent history. According to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, as reported by Colorado Politics, the state lost 1,230 people to overdoses between Jan. 1 and Aug. 31. That’s significantly more than […]

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Facing dire affordable housing situation, Colorado task force works to finalize $400M plan

By: - December 15, 2021

The Affordable Housing Transformational Task Force, one of three state panels tasked with finding ways to spend federal COVID-19 relief money, is close to finalizing its recommendations for spending $400 million in federal money on increasing Colorado’s supply of financially attainable apartments and homes. A tentative plan discussed Dec. 8 came from the task force’s […]

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Increase in Colorado’s property crime rate bucks national trend, report says

By: - December 11, 2021

From 2010 to 2020, Colorado’s property crime rate increased more than that of almost any other state, and its motor vehicle theft rate more than doubled. That’s according to a new report from the Common Sense Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, conservative-leaning think tank based in Greenwood Village. The report, released Thursday, sought to quantify the […]