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Colorado grants $27 million to support career training, literacy programs, Indigenous curriculum

Colorado awarded $27 million in education grants to 19 programs aimed at helping students in communities hit hard by the pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis and state officials announced Monday.   The announcement represents the second round of funding under the RISE grant program, which emphasizes cooperative programs between school districts, charter schools, and higher education institutions […]

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Colorado Republicans buck Trump as House approves the president’s call for $2,000 relief checks

By Lisa Mascaro and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The House voted overwhelmingly Monday to increase COVID-19 relief checks to $2,000, meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger payments and sending the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate, where the outcome is highly uncertain. Democrats led passage, 275-134, their majority favoring additional assistance, but […]

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Unemployed Coloradans won’t see federal jobless aid for weeks despite Trump signing coronavirus relief bill

Linda Madigan felt relieved on Monday, a day after the $908 billion federal COVID-19 aid package was finally signed following a week of protest by the president. But she knows it could be several weeks before she and some 280,000 other Coloradans receive a cent in extended unemployment aid because the Colorado Department of Labor […]

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President Trump signs massive measure funding government, coronavirus relief

By Jill Colvin, Lisa Mascaro and Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Sunday evening, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown. […]

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“If we close, you can’t go to work”: Colorado child care centers poised for a big infusion of state money

Child care centers are among the few Colorado businesses that have been allowed to stay open during the pandemic, yet they are a top priority as the state legislature meets this week to hand out coronavirus relief money. The reason is that child care connects the entire economy, according to policymakers and financial experts who […]

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Colorado’s special legislative session on coronavirus relief set to begin Nov. 30

Gov. Jared Polis announced late Thursday that Colorado’s special legislative session aimed at providing people with economic relief from the state’s worsening coronavirus crisis will begin on Nov. 30. The session will start at 10 a.m. on that date and must run at least three days. “We are living in a moment of unprecedented urgency,” […]