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Colorado farmworkers could get easier access to medical care under new “bill of rights”

Agricultural workers living in employer-owned housing can have trouble getting health care. It’s a symptom of bigger gaps in worker protections that the pandemic spotlighted, say proponents of a newly passed Colorado bill for farmworker rights.

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Colorado picks first 5 scholarship winners in vaccine drive

A total of 25 scholarships are being offered by the state, along with a $1 million lottery program for five adults

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Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.”

Lawmakers set aside at least $30 million specifically for youth mental health, an amount that increased in the 11th hour of the lawmaking term after Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency

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At least 70% of residents in 12 Colorado counties — including Denver, Boulder and Jefferson — are vaccinated

Sixteen counties have less than 40% of their eligible population vaccinated

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Coronavirus vaccine breakthrough cases are rare in Colorado. Here’s everything we know about them.

State health officials say there aren’t a lot of patterns in the numbers so far

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Colorado Democrats’ big health care bill is headed to the governor’s desk to be signed into law

House Bill 1232 passed the General Assembly without the support of a single Republican in the House or Senate

Politics and Government

Some of the worst ozone pollution in the U.S. settles along the Front Range. New rules to fix it are ahead.

Colorado has made some progress toward reducing the chemical dangerous to human health. But it will take leaning on automobiles and oil and gas producers to really move the needle.

Climate

Coronavirus lockdowns in prisons test limits of Colorado’s rules on solitary confinement

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Corrections isolated inmates in single-person cells, sometimes for weeks or months. The state says people should be in solitary for no more than 15 days.

Crime and Courts

Most people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado are unvaccinated

Health officials are trying to get the word out about the efficacy of the vaccine, noting that counties and communities with the highest vaccination rates are seeing the lowest spread of the virus, and vice versa

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Colorado lawmakers’ effort to curb illegal use of high-potency marijuana by teens is stoking privacy concerns

House Bill 1317 would track how much medical pot patients buy to enforce daily limits. Some are concerned about the state keeping the data secure.

Politics and Government

Coloradans ages 12-17 who get a coronavirus vaccine are eligible for $50,000 scholarships under new sweepstakes

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday announced plans to award $50,000 to 25 randomly selected students who have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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Colorado abortion fund helped 20 times more women last year as other states pass stricter laws

In a four-day period in late April, 28 new abortion restrictions were signed into law in seven states

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Denver removes capacity limits for large outdoor events, including Coors Field and Red Rocks

A new public health order that takes effect on Tuesday and runs through July 1 also drops regulations for indoor events up to 1,999 people

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Lutheran Medical Center making a $650 million move just a few miles west in Wheat Ridge, opening up prime land for redevelopment

SCL Health will build a new 28-acre hospital at the Clear Creek Crossing development. That opens up possibilities for the current 100-acre site.

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Lutheran Medical Center new location Wheat Ridge Clear Creek Crossing new campus

For incarcerated youth in Colorado, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet

Colorado ranks among the 12 states with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses in juvenile detention facilities.

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Colorado lawmakers wage multifront assault on high drug costs

While none of the efforts alone would result in broad-based, deep cuts, state officials estimate the combined impact of the various measures could save Coloradans between 20% and 40% in out-of-pocket costs

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2 Denver deputies with COVID-19 die in less than 2 weeks

The Denver Sheriff's Department announced the death of Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo on Thursday

Coronavirus

“Everyone is being crazy”: Conservative Delta County erupts over an effort to teach sexual education

A task force spent two years drafting a curriculum that was ultimately rejected by the Delta County School District 50J board last week amid dueling rallies and big tensions

Education

Colorado Democrats’ big health insurance bill was amended 21 times. Here’s how it has changed.

What started as a plan for a state-offered health insurance option to drop costs by 20% has now morphed into a measure requiring private companies to offer a state-regulated plan with 15% lower costs.

Politics and Government

$95,000 deal reached to settle El Paso County jail coronavirus lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed after more than 1,000 inmates at the jail contracted COVID-19 last fall, the largest outbreak among jails and prisons in Colorado

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