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Here’s how Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet voted as the U.S. Senate rejected both plans for reopening government

By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram, The Associated Press A splintered U.S. Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, leaving President Donald Trump and Congress with no obvious formula for halting the longest-ever closure of federal agencies and the damage it is inflicting around the country. In an embarrassment to Trump […]

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Denver teachers’ strike won’t begin Monday as planned amid procedural wrangling involving Gov. Polis

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Denver school officials asked the state on Wednesday to intervene in its pay dispute with teachers, a move that will delay a strike that had been scheduled to start Monday. Denver Public Schools asked for help from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment after teachers overwhelmingly voted to strike. The department […]

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The Air Force Academy chapel is leaky and corroding. But repairs have been on hold for months.

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press The landmark Cadet Chapel that towers over the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado is suffering from leaks and corrosion, so the school has drawn up the most ambitious restoration project in the building’s 55-year history. But the repairs have been on hold for months while officials try to settle […]

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Republican U.S. senators — Cory Gardner chief among them — try to figure out how closely to run with Trump

By Nicholas Riccardi, Adams Bean and David Sharp, The Associated Press Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP’s midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he’s allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he’s not alone. Sen. Thom Tillis of […]

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The government shutdown is taking a toll on wildfire preparations across the West

By Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use […]

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U.S. Forest Service has built a wild horse pen that could allow it to sell the animals for slaughter

By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Forest Service has built its first corral for wild horses, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter. The agency acknowledged in court filings in a potentially precedent-setting legal battle that it built the new pen in Northern California […]

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Democrats — including in Colorado — roll out big health care proposals across U.S.

By Sally Ho and Geoff Mulvhihill, The Associated Press SEATTLE — Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states, including Colorado, are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in […]

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Activists want details on 27-year-old criminal investigation into Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press Activists asked a U.S. judge Thursday to make documents public from a 27-year-old criminal investigation into a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver with a history of fires, leaks and spills. The activists said the documents could show whether the federal government did enough to clean up the site before […]

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Denver unveils new system for clearing thousands of low-level marijuana convictions

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press A simplified program will make it easier for thousands of people to seek the elimination of low-level marijuana convictions they received in Denver before recreational use became legal in Colorado, officials said Wednesday. Based on a review of digitized court records between 2001 and 2013, Denver officials have estimated 10,000 […]

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Latest legal challenge by Masterpiece Cakeshop baker can continue, judge rules

A judge says the latest legal challenge by a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple can continue. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel rejected Colorado’s arguments that the federal court should stay out of the dispute over whether the state is treating Jack Phillips unfairly […]