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Engineer tells Nebraska Colorado has right to South Platte River flow

Colorado’s state water engineer has a message for the Nebraska officials doubling down on their commitment to a $567 million canal across the border:  You can build it, but the water may not … more

Coloradans could get up to $2.5 billion in tax refunds

Coloradans will receive more than $2.5 billion in tax refunds from the state as long as there isn’t a recession, according to two quarterly economic and tax revenue forecasts presented this month … more

DAs balk at raising prosecution age from 10 to 13

Colorado lawmakers will consider a proposal again this year to raise the age that children can face criminal charges, from 10 to 13 years old. Legislation introduced at the state Capitol in March is … more

Bennet raises concerns about what chatbots say to kids

Generative Artificial Intelligence, like Chat GPT, may be able to write an episode of South Park or ace the LSAT, but Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is concerned about what these chatbots might be … more

End of COVID emergency to usher in health system change

The Biden administration’s decision to end the COVID-19 public health emergency in May will institute sweeping changes across the health care system that go far beyond many people having to pay … more

Xcel Energy will cut Colorado bills again in April

Xcel Energy is again cutting natural gas costs passed through to consumers starting with April bills, the third price decrease announced in two months, even as a special legislative committee pursues … more

Hopes for designation for colleges serving first-gen students ends

On the surface, the bill had a simple premise — to recognize Colorado universities and colleges that enroll a high number of students who are the first in their family to go to college and … more

Some Coloradans could save big on electric vehicles

State officials are putting finishing touches on an electric vehicle rebate for income-qualified buyers willing to trade in an older gas-fueled vehicle, adding up to $6,000 in price cuts on a new … more

Colorado lawmakers want to offer scholarships to help fill workforce gaps

As Colorado hurts for more early childhood educators, nurses, firefighters and workers across other industries, state legislators are attempting to fill critical workforce gaps with a pair of bills … more

Communities try design to improve public safety

Mike Burns bought a home right on the river near Delta, Colorado, with plans to spend the summers fishing outdoors with his grandkids. But those kinds of excursions haven’t always felt safe, since … more

Students to take computer-based SAT next year

Colorado high school students will continue to take the SAT and PSAT as the state’s way of measuring school and district academic performance, but they’ll switch to the computerized version in … more

Two Democrats, two views on rent control

As a bill moves through the Colorado Legislature that would allow local governments to implement rent control, two representatives from North Metro Denver don’t see eye to eye. According to … more

Rocky Mountain Refuge helps unhoused Coloradans find peace in the face of death

As the population of unhoused people continues to grow across the country and Colorado, thousands of people die every year, often while living in the streets, in cars or tents. Despite this, there … more

Advocates want to send schools a message: It is not OK to hit kids

Colorado would ban corporal punishment by schools and day care centers, if a bill proposed by two Democratic legislators becomes law. The state is one of 22 states that allows corporal punishment in … more

Teachers often spend own money on classroom supplies

Everywhere you look in Lucy Squire’s classroom, you can spy the teacher’s touch. Strands of lights carefully strung across the ceiling cast the room in a calming glow. Curtains fashioned from … more

Democrats unveil effort to shield abortion, transgender patients

Colorado Democrats on March 9 unveiled a trio of bills aimed at ensuring abortion and gender-affirming care in Colorado isn’t subject to legal action initiated in other states, as well as reshaping … more

Board defers vote to rename Mount Evans

In an unexpected twist on March 9, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names deferred a vote that would have changed the name of Mount Evans. Many had expected the federal board to approve a new name, Mount … more

Jeannie Ritter is still working to break mental health stigma

Jeannie Ritter jokes that she could have chosen bicycle helmets as her “first lady cause” while her husband, Bill, was Colorado governor. At least she could have counted the number of children … more

Governor, lawmakers focus on low math scores

As Colorado students’ math scores have continued to plummet during the pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are intervening with legislation that aims to expand both … more

Social media apps have made buying illegal drugs as easy as ordering pizza

How easy is it to find illegal drugs on social media apps? Nearly as convenient as calling an Uber or ordering a pizza, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said in a report released March 8. … more
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