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Electric school buses are in Colorado’s future. But districts need help paying for them.

Several districts have already started converting school bus fleets to electric. A new state grant program is making the $400K buses affordable.

Education

Cars are critical for single moms. A Colorado nonprofit helps keep both moving.

The nonprofit will provide affordable cars, repairs and maintenance for 500 working moms annually

Equity

Online marketplace Letgo sued after Denver-area slayings

The lawsuit argues that while Letgo advertises working with law enforcement agencies to keep its tens of millions of users safe, the only requirement to become a “verified seller” is a working email address

Crime and Courts

Racial discrimination, excessive force and retaliation alleged at ICE detention center in Aurora

The complaint, filed by three immigrant rights organizations, could spark an investigation or cause the GEO-run Denver Contract Detention Facility to shut down.

Politics and Government

Opinion: A city doing all it can to reduce crime needs help from state government

The General Assembly needs to reverse earlier decisions that reduced fentanyl penalties, expanded parole, and allowed some felons to carry guns

Opinion Columns

As Aurora passes camping ban, some say enforcement money would be better spent on affordable housing

Mayor Mike Coffman, who proposed the ordinance that would go into effect as soon as April 28, called the ban a good first step.

Housing

Youth violence remains a major public health crisis in Aurora. City leaders want to address it with new funding.

Marijuana tax revenue will help city leaders provide $500,000 to several organizations that can prevent youth violence and intervene after a violent incident has occurred.

Crime and Courts

No Colorado charter school has a union. That could change as New America School teachers rally to form one.

Nearly 30 educators and community members demonstrated outside New America School’s Lakewood campus on Wednesday, calling for the board to recognize a union so that teachers have more of a voice

Education

Best laid plans: Years of planning haven’t spared Aurora from angst over closing schools

In reorganizing campuses, Aurora officials said they can’t keep all schools open and still provide broad and high-quality academics and enriching programs everywhere

Education

Colorado’s pandemic housing-assistance program now open to non-pandemic applicants

The state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program still has more than $400 million available for renters who face financial hardship, including Marshall fire victims.

Housing

Former police officer charged in shooting death of 17-year-old in Aurora

Adam Holen, 36, was arrested Wednesday in the Nov. 24 shooting in Aurora. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Crime and Courts

The need for preschool has never been greater — and never harder — for struggling Colorado families to get

Early childhood education is a boon to kids and their parents, but who can access it depends heavily on who can pay for it, and in Colorado demand outstrips the supply of preschool facilities and workers.

Education

Shootings involving teenagers in Aurora renew focus on gun violence

Activists and officials say easy access to guns is contributing to the problem, which has also been exacerbated by the pandemic and its effect particularly on the mental health of minority teens in the city.

Crime and Courts

Five people wounded in Aurora shooting near party

The people shot were all males between 16 and 20 years old. They are all expected to survive.

Crime and Courts

Aurora shootings: Students and school staff grapple with a “growing crisis”

The shootings have caused additional strain in a school community that, like others across the country, has been navigating a tumultuous period defined by the COVID pandemic and activism around social justice issues

Education

3 teens arrested in shooting at Aurora high school

The three suspects are all 16 years old

Crime and Courts

Aurora police union president suspended over email attacking city’s new diversity agreement

Officer Doug Wilkinson called Aurora's new diversity agreement "sexist and racist," saying the department should hire "crackheads" and "child molesters" to match the diversity of the community

Crime and Courts

Aurora to pay $15 million to Elijah McClain’s family in likely largest settlement in Colorado history

The settlement is among the highest across the country.

Crime and Courts

Colorado has a dismal recycling rate. Could a fee on manufacturers turn things around?

Just 15% of recyclable and compostable material was diverted from landfills in Colorado in 2020.

Environment

Aurora to improve use-of-force policies, hire more diverse first responders, per agreement with attorney general

Aurora’s police and fire departments have agreed on consent decree with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office following a string of controversies

Crime and Courts
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