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1 in 99 people in Colorado estimated to be infectious with COVID-19

BY: - September 20, 2021

Colorado is currently in its fifth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with 1 in 99 people in the state estimated to be infectious with COVID-19, according to a statewide modeling report released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado School of Public Health. The report estimates 70% of the Colorado […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

At Colorado’s tight-lipped air pollution agency, a ‘culture of fear’ prevails

BY: - September 20, 2021

Few Coloradans know the Air Pollution Control Division by name, but every time they take a breath of Rocky Mountain air, they’re impacted by the decisions it makes. A branch of the state health department with a staff of about 200, the APCD is tasked with overseeing Colorado air-quality policy and, increasingly, with leading many […]

FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals.   The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]

Colorado joins coalition in support of a federal challenge to Texas abortion ban

BY: - September 17, 2021

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general on Wednesday in filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in support of the Department of Justice’s challenge to new abortion restrictions in Texas, Weiser announced in a press release. Texas Senate Bill 8 went into effect […]

Biden administration to move BLM headquarters back to D.C. from Grand Junction

BY: - September 17, 2021

President Joe Biden’s administration announced on Friday that it would return the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management to Washington, D.C., reversing a controversial decision by the Trump administration — with the support of a bipartisan array of Colorado political leaders — to relocate the office to Grand Junction. The BLM’s Grand Junction office […]

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Coloradans rank housing, cost of living among top concerns, survey finds

BY: - September 17, 2021

When faced with a list of societal ills, ranging from COVID-19 to political divisions, Coloradans who responded to a recent survey ranked the cost of housing as the most worrying. According to the Colorado Health Foundation’s annual Pulse poll, 82% of respondents thought housing costs represented an “extremely serious” or “very serious” problem. The cost […]

Revised voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate, with Manchin on board

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

Reps. Buck and Crow urge FCC to add a text option to the national suicide prevention hotline

BY: - September 16, 2021

Two Colorado representatives are urging the Federal Communications Commission to add a texting option to the national suicide prevention hotline, saying it will “save lives.” This comes a year after Congress passed a law designating 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a change from the current 1-800-273-8255 number.  Reps. Ken Buck, of Colorado’s […]

Report: Most serious allegations against Tay Anderson unsubstantiated, but he flirted with student

BY: - September 16, 2021

“Most serious sexual allegations against Tay Anderson unsubstantiated, report finds” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. In a long-awaited report, a third-party investigator found that the most serious sexual misconduct allegations against Denver school board member Tay Anderson were not substantiated, but […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged […]

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Aurora Police Department has pattern of racial bias and excessive force, investigation finds

BY: - September 16, 2021

The Aurora Police Department has a pattern and practice of violating residents’ legal rights, state-appointed investigators declared in a 112-page report published Wednesday. Aurora police showed a pattern and practice of racially biased policing, excessive use of force and “failing to record required information when it interacts with the community,” according to the investigators, who […]