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U.S. regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech now carries the strongest […]

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Some unemployed Coloradans will see Trump’s extra $300 a week benefit starting in mid September. But it won’t last.

Colorado will pay jobless workers an extra $300 per week starting in mid-September after federal officials approved the state’s request for more unemployment aid. But if you’re just now filing for unemployment, you’re too late.  The federal Lost Wages Assistance program provided enough funding to last just three weeks, so the state will first pay […]

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2 Colorado deaths attributed to multi-system inflammatory syndrome, the child disorder linked to coronavirus

Two deaths in Colorado have been attributed to multi-system inflammatory syndrome, a mysterious disorder in children and young adults that has been linked to the coronavirus. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which confirmed the fatalities to The Colorado Sun, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed seven total cases […]

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After 12-day reopening, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area to close on Sunday due to lack of snow

DILLON — The Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced Thursday that the mountain will close for the season because of a lack of snow. A-Basin Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth said the mountain will close Sunday less than two weeks after reopening May 27 following the coronavirus shutdown, the Summit Daily News reported. “Every season, no matter […]

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This Aurora school held a virtual pep rally to keep its school culture alive during coronavirus

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: When students used to walk to Aurora’s Paris Elementary, the principal and other staff greeted them to music at the entrance. A weekly assembly like a pep rally, recognition of students and staff, and […]

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Colorado unemployment claims passed 100,000 last week as job losses continue to outpace Great Recession levels

Good news and bad news with Colorado’s unemployment numbers.  The bad? Initial claims reached a record-setting 104,217 in just one week, ending April 11, and more than double the prior week. The good: That means the computer systems and processes are working more smoothly at the state Department of Labor and Employment. With so many […]

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Colorado is about to get $41 million for early childhood. Here’s where the money could go.

As Colorado’s early childhood leaders discuss how to spend a new $41 million pot of federal coronavirus relief money, there are lots of unsettled questions about who needs the money most.  Some advocates like the idea of a simple grant program that will fast-track funds to child care providers who need urgent help with rent […]