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“A lot of big items still out there”: Colorado lawmakers have a massive to-do list with only a month left

There are about 250 pieces of active, unresolved legislation. And more meaty bills are being introduced by the day.

Politics and Government
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How Colorado schools are helping teenagers — and their families — get the COVID vaccine

In the final weeks of a disrupted school year, some districts are partnering with health care providers and community groups to run clinics especially for students

Coronavirus

Coloradans will be allowed to go mask-free in almost all settings as coronavirus restrictions are lifted in Denver area

The alterations follow new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated people no longer need to socially distance or wear masks indoors with some exceptions

Health

Colorado plans mask-mandate changes after CDC says fully vaccinated people can stop wearing face coverings in most places

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidance on mask wearing in a striking move to send the country back toward pre-pandemic life

Coronavirus

Two-thirds of farmers said the pandemic impacted their mental health. But providers are underfunded and underequipped.

The stigma of acknowledging the need for mental health care can prevent people from seeking it.

Health

Colorado Democrats’ big health insurance bill may deliver the nation’s lowest premiums. But much is still unclear.

Three things we know and three things we don’t know about House Bill 1232 as it heads to the state Senate

Health

Colorado will begin offering on-site vaccine clinics at workplaces

The idea is to increase the state's inoculation rates, which haven't been rising as quickly in recent weeks as supply begins to outpace demand

Coronavirus

U.S. regulators approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12

Shots could begin as soon as a federal vaccine advisory committee issues recommendations for using the two-dose vaccine in 12- to 15-year-olds

Coronavirus

117 Colorado nursing homes with COVID outbreaks received both fines and financial assistance from the federal government

1,103 residents died at Colorado nursing homes that had outbreaks, paid fines and pocketed bonuses in 2020, 9Wants to Know found

Coronavirus

Colorado law enforcement may be required to undergo more training after arrest of woman with dementia goes viral

House Bill 1122 aims to boost training for police and sheriff’s deputies on how to interact with people with disabilities. It was broadened after the arrest of Karen Garner in Loveland.

Crime and Courts

Colorado bill prohibits insurers from using “discriminatory” data, like social media and credit scores, to set rates

The measure would bar insurers from using third-party site data to charge higher insurance premiums based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Politics and Government

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

Health

FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 within a week

Pfizer isn’t the only company seeking to lower the age limit for its vaccine

Coronavirus

Almost 75% of likely Colorado voters are already vaccinated against coronavirus or plan to get inoculated, poll shows

But 12% said they aren’t sure whether they’ll get vaccinated against COVID-19 and 15% said they don’t plan on getting vaccinated

Coronavirus

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.

Health

Colorado governor drops mask mandate for indoor spaces where at least 80% of people are fully vaccinated

Masks are no longer required for gatherings of nine people or fewer in Colorado

Coronavirus

Dark-money group spends record amount lobbying against Colorado Democrats’ effort to shrink health care costs

Partnership for America’s Health Care Future, funded by hospitals, insurers and other business groups, is now the top single-year Colorado lobbying client for any year since 2011 — and possibly ever

Politics and Government

Former mining company attorney regularly granted a past client exemptions as Colorado’s head of air pollution control, records show

Whistleblowers point to Director Garry Kaufman’s approval of exemptions for Newmont’s Cripple Creek & Victor Mine as clear conflicts of interest that prioritize the industry over public health

Environment

CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can now go outside without a mask

And those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks when they walk, bike or run alone or with members of their household

News

Colorado attorney general launches probe of whistleblowers’ air-pollution control complaints

Phil Weiser’s office asks for a third-party investigator to assess internal employee complaints that the Air Pollution Control Division ignored the law and falsified data

Environment
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