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Faith Miller

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

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Gov. Polis signs order aimed at advancing equity in state government

By: - August 27, 2020

An executive order advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Colorado government — originally scheduled for March but delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic — was issued Aug. 27 by Gov. Jared Polis. The order directs the Department of Personnel and Administration, or DPA, to develop policy promoting equity in state hiring and compensation practices; implement […]

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State announces new Gap Fund for Colorado’s small businesses

By: - August 26, 2020

Small business owners who may not have gotten federal coronavirus relief funds earlier in the pandemic — or who need additional help to stay afloat — can apply for grants and low-interest loans through a public-private partnership starting Aug. 31, Colorado officials announced. “There’s always more that unites us than separates us, and support for […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at 12:45 p.m. Aug. 26

By: and - August 26, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 12:45 p.m. Aug. 26 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response and economic resiliency. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. State Sens. Jeff Bridges and Faith […]

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Paid family and medical leave qualifies for Colorado ballot

By: - August 25, 2020

Proponents of a ballot initiative establishing a new paid family and medical leave program in Colorado submitted enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, the secretary of state’s office announced Aug. 25. Initiative 283 would provide 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave. Businesses with 10 or more employees would pay a premium […]

Republican National Convention: Featured speakers and how to watch

By: - August 24, 2020

The Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, went live 7 a.m. Aug. 24 across multiple streaming platforms. The convention will begin streaming at the same time each day through Aug. 27, but most of the big speeches will happen at night, the New York Times reports. “Monday’s convention proceedings will be attended by six […]

Gov. Polis extends last call for alcohol to 11 p.m.

By: - August 21, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis will extend a last-call order for restaurants — put in place in an effort to reduce coronavirus transmission among young adults — with an amendment that allows businesses to serve drinks until 11 p.m., slightly later than the previous 10 p.m. cut-off. “It’s very important that all those restaurants and bars observe […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis gives COVID-19 briefing at noon Aug. 21

By: - August 21, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at noon Aug. 21 on Colorado’s COVID-19 response. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or watch on the governor’s Facebook page. Through Aug. 19, Colorado had 54,230 cases of COVID-19 and […]

COVID-19 hospitalization data shows racial, ethnic disparities

By: - August 21, 2020

Besides having disproportionately higher rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths, people of color have also been hospitalized more frequently than their white counterparts, new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows. While comprising 4.6% of Colorado’s population in 2019, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Black people made up 10% of […]

Colorado’s COVID-19 test positivity rate falls below 3%

By: - August 18, 2020

Just 2.32% of COVID-19 tests in Colorado were positive Aug. 16, the lowest rate since the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began tracking tests and cases in early March. For the week ending Aug. 15, 2.99% of tests were positive. Gov. Jared Polis praised the development during a news briefing Aug. 18. He […]

LIVE: Gov. Polis provides update on COVID-19, wildfires at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 18

By: - August 18, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis is scheduled to give a live update at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 18, on Colorado’s COVID-19 situation and the status of four wildfires burning amid exceptionally hot, dry weather in the state. The news briefing will be conducted at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver. Scroll down for a livestream of the briefing, or […]

Mass pardons for past marijuana crimes offer hope for thousands

By: - August 18, 2020

Back in 2006 — six years before Colorado voters legalized possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use — Colorado Springs Police Department officers arrested then-19-year-old Michael Diaz-Rivera for what he says was less than 1 ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor. But the marijuana was in two separate bags, Diaz-Rivera said, giving […]

Colorado approved for $300 extra a week in federal unemployment assistance

By: - August 17, 2020

The Trump administration has approved Colorado to receive new funding for unemployment assistance, according to a FEMA news release. Eligible jobless residents will be able to claim $300 extra a week. FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Colorado, along with Missouri and Utah, on Sunday for grants under the program, which was adopted by executive action, […]