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CDC advisory panel signs off on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 12 to 15

BY: - May 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal advisory panel is recommending that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine be administered to adolescents between 12 and 15 years old, making it the first shot available to those under 16. The green light granted Wednesday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory panel was affirmed swiftly by the agency’s […]

States offer gift cards, clinics at baseball games, worksite shots in push to increase vaccinations

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Maine officials are enticing residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine by offering free fishing or hunting licenses and L.L. Bean gift cards. Ohio has the National Guard taking shots to the lobbies of senior housing facilities, so those residents only need to come downstairs.  And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says that if […]

Law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania, Maryland urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has promised a crackdown on so-called “ghost guns,” and during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday, law enforcement officials from Pennsylvania and Maryland described how an exponential increase in those firearms — which are easily assembled from kits and not subject to federal gun laws — has expanded the workload of their […]

Boebert backs Cheney’s removal from GOP leadership, with Buck opposed

BY: - May 12, 2021

In a closed-door vote by Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney was removed from her GOP caucus leadership post following her criticism of former President Donald Trump, and one Colorado Republican publicly cheered the move. “Liz Cheney is the GOP of the past,” Rep. Lauren Boebert, who […]

Colorado gets ready to distribute COVID vaccine to kids 12 and older

BY: - May 11, 2021

Colorado is poised to make significant progress in its effort to vaccinate as many residents as possible now that the Pfizer vaccine will almost certainly be authorized for use in recipients as young as 12, Gov. Jared Polis said during a news briefing on Tuesday. “All Coloradans 12 and up are that much closer to […]

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‘Colorado Option’ bill passes House after long debate, heads to Senate

BY: - May 11, 2021

Over the protests of the minority party — including debate that lasted past midnight on May 6 — Colorado Democrats passed a major health care bill through the House. House Bill 21-1232, which would create a standardized health insurance plan available to individuals and small businesses on the state’s exchange, earned the vote of every […]

Wisconsin’s Andrea Palm poised for confirmation for No. 2 federal health post

BY: - May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate is poised to confirm Wisconsin’s Andrea Palm, who previously served as the top health official in that state, to become deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Palm, who most recently served as Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services secretary-designee, cleared a procedural vote Monday, 62-35, with […]

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7 dead after mass shooting at Colorado Springs birthday party, police say

BY: - May 10, 2021

Less than two months after a shooter massacred 10 people at a Boulder grocery store, another gunman took the lives of seven people, including himself, at an apparent birthday party in Colorado Springs, according to a statement from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police responded to a call for service at Canterbury Mobile Home Park shortly […]

Growing number of law enforcement agencies are accepting Colorado digital IDs

BY: - May 10, 2021

A growing number of law enforcement agencies in Colorado are accepting digital IDs uploaded to the myColorado mobile app as proof of identity, age and address during traffic stops, according to a press release from Gov. Jared Polis’ office. Police Departments in Denver, Brighton, Broomfield, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado Springs, Durango, Johnstown, Lakewood, Loveland, Morrison, […]

Here’s how much Colorado and its counties and cities will get in federal COVID-19 relief

BY: - May 10, 2021

The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday announced the amount of money the federal government will allocate to individual states, counties and cities as part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package that Congress passed in March. The package included $350 billion for eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments. The money […]

CU President Mark Kennedy announces plans to step down

BY: - May 10, 2021

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy will step down from his post in the “near future,” he announced Monday. “The Board of Regents and I have entered into discussions about an orderly transition of the presidency of the university in the near future,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The board has a new makeup this […]

DA in Colorado’s 17th district drops charges against five Elijah McClain protest leaders

BY: - May 7, 2021

District Attorney Brian Mason announced on Thursday that he will dismiss all felony and misdemeanor charges filed in the 17th Judicial District against five people who led protests last summer demanding justice for Elijah McClain, who died after a violent encounter with Aurora police in August 2019. “I have an ethical obligation to only proceed […]