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U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

BY: - July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands of […]

Colorado communities can apply for next phase of COVID-19 reopening

BY: - July 8, 2020

At a time when COVID-19 cases are increasing in many areas of Colorado, the state opened an application process for local communities that wish to enter the next phase of reopening. As of July 8, counties and regions can apply for “Protect Our Neighbors” status if they show that COVID-19 cases are declining and submit […]

FDA keeps Colorado’s CBD industry waiting for regulatory clarity

BY: - July 8, 2020

The U.S. House opened debate this week over next year’s federal spending without addressing regulations on cannabidiol products, leaving employers in the CBD industry in the dark over the federal government’s regulatory plans. The Trump administration’s budget request for next fiscal year includes an extra $5 million for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

Oil and gas, real estate and law firms top list of Colorado PPP loan recipients

BY: - July 7, 2020

More than 104,000 Colorado businesses received between a total $7.9 billion and $14.9 billion in emergency funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration lending initiative authorized by Congress earlier this year to help employers cope with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the SBA this week. […]

Did protests play role in record-breaking voter turnout?

BY: - July 7, 2020

Last month, Colorado shattered the previous state record for voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election. As of 11:30 p.m. June 30, more than 1.57 million ballots had been returned to county election officials, according to the secretary of state’s office. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold took the opportunity to praise the state’s secure […]

Pipeline projects suffer setbacks across the country. Is Jordan Cove next?

BY: - July 7, 2020

It hasn’t been a good few days for companies in the oil and gas pipeline business. The Dakota Access Pipeline, which famously sparked protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during its construction in 2016, will be temporarily shut down and emptied of oil after a federal judge on July 6 ordered regulators to conduct […]

States can bind electors to votes, U.S. Supreme Court rules

BY: - July 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 6 in favor of the state of Colorado — and against “faithless electors” — in a case concerning a member of the Electoral College who tried to vote against the state’s preference in the 2016 presidential election. The case was closely watched, as some feared an outcome allowing Electoral […]

How — and when — can the coronavirus vaccine become a reality?

BY: - July 6, 2020

This story was originally published by ProPublica. It’s been six months since researchers in China said they had identified a novel coronavirus spreading in the city of Wuhan. Hope and desire for a vaccine to end the global devastation is growing with each passing week. Almost every day, I hear people making plans around the eventual arrival […]

What did Frederick Douglass think of the Fourth of July?

BY: - July 4, 2020

Editor’s note: Following are excerpts from a speech, as it appeared in published form, on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by the formerly enslaved American abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852.  Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What […]

Colorado braces for high-risk July 4th wildfire conditions

BY: - July 3, 2020

Millions of Americans across Colorado and the West are heading out to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday weekend — but federal officials and wildland firefighters will be hard at work, keeping a close eye on hot, dry conditions that forecasters say are ripe for dangerous wildfires. “There’s a lot of people who have been […]

Bill meant to prevent opioid abuse vetoed

BY: - July 3, 2020

Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday vetoed a bill that contained measures to prevent opioid addiction and abuse of other substances.  House Bill 20-1085 was introduced in early January, during the start of the 2020 General Assembly, and the Legislature passed it during its recent pared-down, COVID-abbrevitated session. But Polis objected to the measure’s projected costs. […]

Police spending accounts for about a third of budget in Colorado’s biggest cities

BY: - July 3, 2020

When Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of the Aurora Police Department, addressed a special meeting of the Aurora City Council convened on June 30 to discuss her department’s response to recent protests, she began by making a comment that surely echoed the thoughts of many residents in the sprawling suburb of 379,000. “I never thought it […]