Briefs

Coronavirus variant from Brazil detected for first time in Colorado

BY: - April 7, 2021

Colorado public health officials announced Tuesday that the first cases of COVID-19 infections from the P.1 coronavirus variant had been detected in the state. Two P.1 cases were identified in patients who are residents of Boulder County, according to a news release. The P.1 variant is associated with devastating virus spread in Brazil. It had […]

Biden opens up eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines, as infections surge in some states

BY: - April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Every adult in the U.S. will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19, President Joe Biden said Tuesday, praising governors for lifting restrictions on vaccine eligibility earlier than his original May 1 deadline. But his remarks also came as states such as Michigan, Florida and Pennsylvania reported worrisome COVID-19 trends. Michigan […]

Colorado lawmakers finalize $34.1 million proposed budget for next year

BY: - April 7, 2021

Colorado’s $34.1 billion proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 looks much healthier than lawmakers could have imagined a year ago, when the entire state was under coronavirus lockdown as infections surged. The budget package introduced Monday takes into account recent economic forecasts that painted an optimistic picture for the state’s general fund […]

Missouri’s Robin Carnahan tapped to lead General Services Administration

BY: - April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Tuesday nominated former Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan to lead the General Services Administration. GSA is a $20 billion independent agency that provides basic support and supplies communications for federal agencies. The post is subject to U.S. Senate confirmation. Carnahan ran for Missouri’s Senate seat in 2010, but lost […]

Longtime Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings dies at 84

BY: - April 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alcee Hastings, a longtime South Florida Democrat who broke several barriers in a career that spanned decades, died Tuesday.  He was 84 and announced in early 2019 he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but didn’t plan to step down. He was reelected last November with 79% of the vote in Florida’s […]

Vaccination capacity increases at Pueblo site with transfer to FEMA

BY: - April 5, 2021

Capacity will increase at a community vaccination site that serves southern Colorado when the site’s administration is transferred to the federal government, state officials said Monday. The community vaccination site at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, currently a state-run facility, will come under the administration of the Federal Emergency Management Agency starting April 14 […]

CDC: If you’re fully vaccinated, you can travel in the U.S. without tests or quarantines

BY: - April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Fully vaccinated individuals can travel at low risk to themselves, and do not need to get a COVID-19 test or quarantine after traveling within the U.S., federal health officials said Friday as they unveiled updated travel guidelines. The new guidelines offer the first official guidance to Americans who are at least two weeks past […]

Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd; Chauvin body cam footage played in third day of trial

BY: - April 1, 2021

This story first appeared in the Minnesota Reformer. During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis. They heard from the 19-year-old clerk who sold Floyd cigarettes, and an elderly Black man […]

Biden in Pittsburgh unveils $2T infrastructure package, which would create millions of jobs

BY: - March 31, 2021

A version of this story originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Unveiling what he called the boldest domestic spending package since the construction of America’s interstate highway system and the dawning of the space race, President Joe Biden returned to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, releasing the broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would […]

Chauvin trial Day 2 takeaways: ‘I believe I witnessed a murder.’

BY: - March 31, 2021

This story originally appeared in the Minnesota Reformer. The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 25 death of George Floyd, continued Tuesday, with testimony from six witnesses.  Here are six takeaways from the trial Tuesday:  Vocal witness: ‘I wasn’t being heard’ Donald Williams II, a […]

Colorado’s mask mandate expected to be modified this weekend

BY: - March 30, 2021

Colorado’s statewide mask mandate is expected to be altered this weekend. Gov. Jared Polis indicated during a news briefing Monday that he would prefer within the next couple of weeks to largely hand over mask-wearing requirements to local authorities. “Really the only types of events that will remain under state guidance will be large-scale events, […]

Colorado renters remain protected by federal eviction moratorium until at least the end of June

BY: - March 29, 2021

The Biden administration announced Monday that it is extending a federal eviction moratorium that aims to keep tenants who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic in their homes. The ban, established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year, was scheduled to expire on Wednesday but now extends through the end […]