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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, state Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, who lost his son Alex in the 2012 movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colo., speaks during a roundtable discussion about the issues of gun control and the need for additional mental health measures with several survivors of mass shooting victims at an office in downtown Denver. Sullivan is opposing a death penalty repeal bill before Colorado lawmakers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado poised to become 22nd state with no death penalty

Feb. 26, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is set to become the 22nd U.S. state to abolish the death penalty after lawmakers on Wednesday approved a repeal bill that Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has pledged to sign into law. Passage had been virtually certain with Democrats holding a substantial majority in the House —...

Activists: Colorado Climate Action Plan needs more rules

Feb. 21, 2020 1:50 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have promised more on climate than their policies can deliver, according to an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund and Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates. The organizations commissioned the analysis by the consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates, which...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photograph, Theresa Szczurek is shown in her office where she toils as the executive director of the Colorado Office of Information Technology in downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Tech-starved government seeks industry's best, brightest

Feb. 17, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Denver (AP) — In this post-impeachment era of divisiveness and deadlock in the nation’s capital, Uncle Sam has a message for top U.S. technologists: I Still Want You. A Washington-based nerd strike force called the U.S. Digital Service is seeking private-sector coders, programmers and software...

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...

Gov. Polis says he’ll support new vaccination rules proposal

Feb. 7, 2020 1:40 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A bill that aims to boost immunization rates and make it more difficult for parents in Colorado to opt their children out of vaccinations is expected to soon be introduced at the state capitol. The proposal is sure to heat up the discussion on immunizations, protecting public health and...

Professors are turning the page on budget-busting textbooks

Feb. 2, 2020 11:35 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Before Brandon English developed his own learning materials for the organic chemistry classes he teaches at Red Rocks Community College, his students were spending close to $600 for textbooks, in addition to paying tuition and fees. And those costs pushed many of his promising students to...

Colorado Senate OKs death penalty repeal bill

Jan. 31, 2020 3:17 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Senate formally approved a death penalty repeal bill Friday and sent it to the House, where prospects for passage are favorable. Gov. Jared Polis has said he will sign a repeal bill. The 19-13 vote came in the seventh effort in recent years to repeal the state's death penalty. The...

Colorado State Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, confers with fellow lawmakers as they wait for delivery of at the State of State speech by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in the State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Senate debates repeal of little-used death penalty

Jan. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Rhonda Fields stood at the Colorado Senate lectern Thursday, defiant and angry as she assailed a seventh attempt in recent years to repeal the death penalty — one that could finally pass this year in the state Legislature. It has been Fields, an Aurora Democrat, and many Republican...

Colorado launches carbon, energy programs for cannabis firms

Jan. 29, 2020 6:24 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has launched two pilot programs focused on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at cannabis cultivating businesses, officials said. Both programs starting Wednesday support Democratic Gov. Jared Polis’ mission to cut greenhouse gases 50% by 2030, The...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo, Annette Chambers-Smith, director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, poses outside her office in Columbus, Ohio. Smith says the prisons agency wants to replace or renovate some of its high-security prisons in the near future, saying its current facilities for violent inmates are

Prison agency seeks high-security facility replacements

Jan. 24, 2020 8:55 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio prison system wants to replace or renovate some of its high-security prisons in the near future, saying its current facilities for violent inmates are “functionally obsolete" and creating security risks for the agency, The Associated Press has learned. More...