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

When classes resume Monday in Aurora Public Schools, psychologist Brittany Greiert won’t be at the elementary and middle school where she normally works. Instead, she’ll be at Hinkley High School, where three teens were shot and injured in the parking lot Friday. She and the rest of the district’s crisis response team will check in […]

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

AURORA — The president of a police union in the Denver suburb of Aurora has been placed on paid administrative leave by the police department after he sent an email to the group’s 240 members calling diversity provisions in an agreement between the city and the state “sexist and racist.” Officer Doug Wilkinson sent the […]

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

Aurora will pay $15 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after he was dosed with ketamine during an encounter with Aurora police and paramedics in 2019. The settlement amount is likely the largest in Colorado history and among the highest in […]

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

In Boulder, where every resident automatically receives access to recycling and composting services, more than half of the city’s waste is diverted from landfills. But in many Colorado cities and towns, residents who want to recycle must pay extra, or make a trip to recycling centers.  The discrepancy between the relative ease of recycling in […]

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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 to improve their use-of-force policies and training, develop a new system to collect data about police interactions with members of the community, and work to hire officers and firefighters that better reflect the city’s diversity as part of a consent decree with state prosecutors unveiled Tuesday. “The city […]

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6 big takeaways from the 2021 election results in Colorado and beyond

Colorado voters’ decisions in the 2021 elections left plenty to be dissected Wednesday.  Here are six big takeaways from the results: The failure of two conservative-backed ballot measures As Republican candidates have lost in Colorado over the past two election cycles, conservatives have placed more emphasis on trying to advance their policies through ballot initiatives. […]

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Denver’s new massage parlor ordinance adds investigative power to the city’s robust human trafficking units

When Aurora cracked down on massage businesses involved in human trafficking, the “bad apples” moved their operations across city lines into Denver.  Now Colorado’s capital city — thanks to a massage parlor ordinance passed in July and one of the only district attorney’s offices and police departments in the state with dedicated human trafficking units […]

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Aurora and Denver school boards discuss pay for board members

Aurora’s school board could become one of the first in the state to pay board members, while Denver school board members have started discussing a similar proposal. In Colorado, school board members serve as volunteers, and have not been allowed to be compensated for their time. But a law passed in April changed that. Proponents of paying […]

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The city of Aurora has reached a settlement with Elijah McClain’s family

The city of Aurora has reached a settlement agreement in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Elijah McClain’s family, more than two years after the 23-year-old died after Aurora police officers confronted him and paramedics sedated him with ketamine while he was walking home from a convenience store.  Attorneys representing Sheneen McClain, Elijah’s mother, […]