Erin Martinez, whose husband and brother were killed when their Firestone home exploded in 2017 because of a leak from a nearby oil and gas well, speaks to reporters on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Colorado Capitol. Martinez was at a news conference where Democratic state lawmakers outlined their broad plans for updating the state's oil and gas regulations. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Colorado lawmakers are using the deadly Firestone explosion as a fulcrum for change — just as Erin Martinez wanted

Erin Martinez, whose husband and brother were killed in the 2017 Firestone home explosion, knew her tragedy would be politicized if she spoke out in support of Senate Bill 181. And the blast has become front and center in the bill's debate.

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A monumental question: Can Denver’s Beat Generation fans create a tribute to a movement and its inspiration?

Millions were inspired by Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” but his buddy, Denver’s Neal Cassady, fueled the literary and cultural upheaval. Now there’s a move to immortalize them in bronze.

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Coloradans undecided about national popular vote law, new poll shows, as idea becomes 2020 talking point

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t fully on board with the idea, telling The Colorado Sun: “In the end, our Founding Fathers got things pretty right.”

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Colorado lawmakers want to eliminate spending caps. Here’s how the TABOR overhaul would work.

Any additional revenue would go toward K-12 schools, transportation and higher education in Colorado