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Denver Public Schools to pay $2.1M settlement after allegations the district lied to obtain AmeriCorps funds

Denver Public Schools will pay $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the school district lied about service hours for two years to collect grant money from AmeriCorps, a national education service program.  The school district falsely reported that a significant portion of the district’s members had performed the necessary service hours to qualify for […]

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Durango & Silverton railroad will pay feds $20 million for 416 fire damage, stop using coal to power summer trains

By Aedan Hannon, The Durango Herald The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and its parent company, American Heritage Railways, will pay $20 million to settle a federal lawsuit stemming from the 416 fire. Separately, lawyers for 40 La Plata and San Juan county businesses and landowners that sued the tourist railway to recoup losses […]

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Parents of young Coloradans killed by fentanyl call it murder. So why aren’t there more convictions?

In a matter of seconds, a tiny blue pill disguised as a prescription painkiller can kill a person with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a drug so powerful that amounts as tiny as a few grains of salt are deadly. Parents of Colorado high school and college students who have died after taking the synthetic […]

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How fake blue pills killed people on the Western Slope and led to Colorado’s first counterfeit opioid death conviction

The pill was light blue and stamped with “30” and “M,” just like a real 30mg oxycodone. Except it was a counterfeit, cooked up in an illegal Mexican lab rather than precisely measured in a pharmaceutical factory. The fentanyl it contained was potent enough to kill Jonathan Ellington in a matter of seconds. He died […]

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Global marketing company with major Colorado office will pay $150M to settle allegation it sold data to fraudsters

One of the world’s largest marketing companies, whose principal sales office is in Westminster, has agreed to pay the federal government $150 million to settle allegations that it sold millions of Americans’ personal information to perpetrators of elder fraud schemes.  Epsilon Data Management LLC was accused of one criminal count of conspiracy to commit mail […]

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Armed Colorado man who went to D.C. around U.S. Capitol riot intended to kill Nancy Pelosi, court documents say

A Colorado man who drove to Washington, D.C., last week amid a riot at the U.S. Capitol was armed with an arsenal of guns and ammunition and intended to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, federal prosecutors allege. Cleveland Grover Meredith, Jr. has been charged by federal prosecutors with interstate communication of threats, as well as […]

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The Colorado attorney general’s review of Elijah McClain’s death is unprecedented. Here’s how it may go.

Gov. Jared Polis’ decision to appoint Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser as special prosecutor to review the death last year of Elijah McClain after an encounter with Aurora police and paramedics is extraordinary. In fact, it’s so unusual that experts can’t remember a similar instance in which a district attorney’s decision-making received a second look […]

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FBI, federal prosecutors have been reviewing Elijah McClain’s death

The FBI and federal prosecutors have been reviewing Elijah McClain’s death for a potential civil rights investigation since last year. The review is ongoing, federal authorities say, and the city of Aurora has been cooperating. “The standard practice of the Department of Justice is to not discuss the existence or progress of ongoing investigations. However, […]

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Montrose funeral home owner who allegedly sold hundreds of bodies without families’ consent is federally indicted

The owner of a Montrose funeral home suspected of selling the body parts of scores of people whose families wanted them cremated has been federally indicted on nine counts, including accusations of mail fraud and the transportation of hazardous materials. An indictment filed last week by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver alleges 43-year-old Megan […]