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With bites, bruises and low pay, caretakers for Colorado’s troubled youth say there’s not enough staff to keep kids — and each other — safe

The state has shifted funding to child abuse prevention and away from residential centers for youth who’ve suffered trauma. Now those centers are on the edge of a financial cliff.

Sun Investigation
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The deadly consequences when kids run away from Colorado residential treatment centers

So many children run away from residential treatment centers in Colorado that police departments are overwhelmed by the calls. Two kids have died.

Sun Investigation

Someone claimed a driver ran a red light in a small Colorado town. That’s all it took to get a ticket.

A dustup in Woodland Park has an out-of-town driver questioning whether it’s fair to get a ticket for running a red light when there are no police in sight

Crime and Courts

Colorado hospitals are giving patients take-home doses of the overdose antidote to fight the opioid crisis

The Colorado Naloxone Project aims to make the state the first in the nation in which all hospital emergency departments offer naloxone when high-risk patients are discharged


Death rates for pregnant Colorado women have doubled since 2008. Here’s how the state is trying to fix it.

A package of proposed laws headed toward passage aims to prevent deaths among pregnant women and create better outcomes for babies.


How fake blue pills killed people on the Western Slope and led to Colorado’s first counterfeit opioid death conviction

For the first time in Colorado, a drug dealer has been convicted of causing a person’s death from fentanyl pills disguised to look like prescription painkillers. The trial centered on one victim, but there were others.

Crime and Courts

Colorado will finally get hundreds off the waitlist for disabilities services. But not everyone.

The average wait time was 15 years. Then eight. Now, lawmakers are poised to spend $15.5 million to fund 667 spots in the disability program.


Where did they get the guns? A comprehensive look at Colorado’s history of public gun violence.

After the shooting at a Boulder King Soopers, The Colorado Sun researched the guns involved in the state’s long history with mass murder and school threats.

Crime and Courts

Foster youth who leave the system as teens could return until age 21 under new Colorado proposal

About one-third of foster kids who leave the system to live on their own end up homeless within three years. A proposed change would let them go back until their 21st birthday.

Politics and Government

Boulder police Officer Eric Talley’s life wasn’t taken in the King Soopers shooting, a priest said. “He gave it.”

Talley, a devout Catholic and father of seven, was among 10 killed at the shooting at King Soopers. Hundreds of law officers attended his public memorial service in Lafayette on Tuesday


Coronavirus, then a mass shooting: It’s been a year from hell for Colorado grocery workers

Grocery store workers were already exhausted after a year of putting their health at risk so Coloradans could buy food. And they were worried about security long before the Boulder massacre.


Boulder shooting suspect used assault weapon he legally purchased from Arvada gun store

Boulder police say they don’t know the gunman’s motive, but investigators have already put in 3,000 hours into seeking answers

Crime and Courts

Eric Talley, the Boulder police officer killed in the King Soopers shooting, left behind 7 children

“He didn’t want to put his family through something like this,” Talley’s father said in a statement to the news media.

Crime and Courts

Denver’s Tennyson Center to close its residential program after runaways, overdoses and child’s death

State child welfare officials were investigating neglect, lack of supervision and safety issues when Tennyson Center for Children decided to close its residential program.


10 people killed — including a police officer — in shooting at Boulder King Soopers

The massacre is the latest in a string of mass shootings in Colorado over the past 25 years that have been among the most notorious and deadly in American history

Crime and Courts

Animal cruelty initiative aggravates Colorado ranchers fresh off MeatOut Day controversy

The proposed ballot measure would make ranchers wait to slaughter animals until they are older, which ranchers say would devastate Colorado’s agriculture economy.


Counterfeit opioid pills made in Mexico pushed Colorado into a third, deadly wave of the opioid crisis

The Colorado Sun spoke with Deanne Reuter, special agent in charge of the Denver field office of the DEA, where agents are tracing the illicit fentanyl pipeline across the southern border.

Crime and Courts

Too many empty beds at Colorado nursing homes leave the industry in financial distress

Two corporate operators are pulling back from the state, attempting to transfer a combined 29 nursing homes into new hands.


Colorado ranchers already had beef with Jared Polis. Then came “MeatOut Day.”

Colorado is the only state to proclaim a day of no meat-eating, further exposing the urban-rural divide and food as the new culture war.


Colorado nursing homes with the most coronavirus deaths were cited for poor infection control

A Colorado Sun investigation found that many of the nursing homes with the highest death counts were told multiple times to clean up hygiene protocols intended to protect residents.

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