With no tourists and few locals out and about due to the state's coronavirus-related shutdown, Black Hawk's downtown and Main Street are empty on April 27, 2020. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)

The bad news? Colorado unemployment claims rose again last week. The good news? The pace is slowing.

The silver lining: For four straight weeks there have been gradual declines in regular unemployment claims in Colorado

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Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes spur inspections, promises of fines

In Colorado, more than 730 residents of nursing homes and senior care centers have died after contracting the disease

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Colorado’s shift to a new higher education funding formula places the focus on the student

College leaders say the change will align resources to state goals and help encourage institutions to provide resources for the neediest students to complete their education

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Colorado Ethics Commission subpoenas John Hickenlooper, setting up court clash

Hickenlooper is facing an ethics hearing over his travel and last month insisted he give his testimony in person