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Here’s why more electric vehicles, including a future Subaru, may become available in Colorado — or not

The sales of electric and hybrid vehicles continue to rise in Colorado. And to no surprise, the top-selling model this year is a crossover-SUV, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. But that’s a hybrid, so gas power kicks in when needed. Pure electric vehicles, especially SUVs and pickups, are a much rarer breed at area auto dealerships […]

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“He seemed to have it all”: Arapahoe High School senior’s suicide rattles emotionally fatigued, frightened community

Nick Bales was a kid with enough swagger to pull off a blue velvet blazer for his senior photos, a guy who started his own line of hoodies and artistic T-shirts as a high school sophomore. He had gobs of friends, played hockey and lacrosse for Arapahoe High School, and, for the first time in […]

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One in three Colorado suicide deaths followed binge drinking, study finds

A first-of-its kind study by the state health department confirmed a strong link between suicide and alcohol in Colorado, a finding that could lead to new prevention efforts. Kacy Crawford, an alcohol epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s mental health division, studied the toxicology reports for people who died by suicide from […]

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Here’s how to get involved with suicide prevention, or find help

“We Are Stronger,” a community event organized by Littleton Public Schools to learn about the suicide-prevention program, Sources of Strength, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., South Fellowship Church. SafeTALK, training about how to talk to people about thoughts of suicide and connect them to professional support, Oct. 26, 8-11 a.m., must pre-register with Littleton Public Schools. […]

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Colorado Supreme Court hears high-stakes “Martinez case” lawsuit around oil and gas

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press An attorney for six young people who want the state to impose tougher safeguards on the energy industry told the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday that the law requires regulators to protect public health from the hazards of drilling. A lawyer for the state countered that regulators acted properly […]

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New youth mental health initiative will promote statewide collaboration to prevent teen suicide

A children’s mental health initiative announced Tuesday could transform how Colorado identifies and treats kids and teens with depression, anxiety or eating disorders at the doctor and in the classroom. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced a $2.8 million grant to launch a collaboration between Children’s Hospital Colorado and Mental Health Colorado that state leaders called […]

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Fact check: A look at what’s true and what’s false in Colorado’s 2018 governor’s race

The candidates’ misleading claims and negative attacks are making it difficult to tell fact from fiction in the 2018 campaign. It’s particularly tough in Colorado’s governor’s race between Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton, where competing lines dominate the conversation and big outside money is fueling the falsehoods. To help voters, Colorado media outlets […]

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Fact check: A look at what’s true (and what’s not) in the race between Mike Coffman and Jason Crow

The 6th Congressional District is one of the most hotly contested races in the nation and key to Democrats’ attempts to retake the U.S. House. The contest between Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Jason Crow also is seeing the most advertising spending in the state — and that means plenty of misleading or […]

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The inside story of how one opioid company spread millions of pain pills around Colorado, according to a newly unsealed court document

The sales rep for one of America’s most prominent opioid manufacturers walked out of a Wheat Ridge pain clinic in May 2010 and couldn’t help but notice something odd. “[M]ost patients were young and particularly healthy looking,” he wrote in a note on the visit. Reps from Purdue Pharma were hardly unfamiliar with Dr. Kevin […]

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How Colorado insurance regulators used an Obamacare quirk to help engineer better health coverage prices for 2019

For the first time in years, Coloradans who buy their own health insurance could be in for some relatively good news this week. When the state Division of Insurance announces the finalized 2019 rates for the individual insurance market on Thursday, consumers will see the lowest premium price increases since the implementation of the Affordable […]