State Sen. Rhonda Fields, center, joins in conversation with Rep. Donald Valdez during a joint session in the House Chambers. Fields is an Aurora Democrat whose son, Javad, was murdered in a 2005 shooting. (Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Colorado lawmakers move closer to repealing death penalty after emotional debate

Senate Bill 100 received initial approval after a six-hour debate in the Democratic-led Colorado Senate with vocal opposition from Sen. Rhonda Fields, whose son was killed by two of the three men on the state's death row

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To test or not to test? Colorado educators and advocates divided on CMAS in a pandemic

Federal and state law require standardized tests — in Colorado, that’s CMAS for students in third through eighth grade

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$5 million bond for man accused of killing 12-year-old Greeley girl in 1984

Prosecutors said that there was enough circumstantial evidence to charge Steve Pankey, 69, with the killing of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews

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Colorado student, scientist named Time Magazine’s “Kid of the Year”

Gitanjali Rao, a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch who lives in the city of Lone Tree, was selected from more than 5,000 nominees