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A participant destroys a thin blue line American flag used to honor police officers during a protest outside the State Capitol over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Denver. More than 1,000 protesters walked from the Capitol down the 16th Street pedestrian mall during the protest. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver protest devolves into 2nd night of confrontation

May. 29, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Hundreds of people staged a raucous, roving protest in Denver on Friday that was generally peaceful until night fell, when police deployed gas canisters and fired pellet guns for a second straight night to disperse crowds gathered over the death of a black man in police custody in Minnesota....

A clerk puts out bills on the desks of members in the House of Representatives Senate as lawmakers reconvene the session that was suspended in mid-March by the spread of new coronavirus Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Denver. Lawmakers are facing the need to make drastic cuts in the state budget to deal with the tax shortfall stemming from the pandemic's effects on business. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado lawmakers reconvene, will address $3.3B shortfall

May. 26, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday resumed their legislative session after a two-month coronavirus hiatus, dusting off a full slate of bills and preparing to address a pandemic-related $3.3 billion budget shortfall. On the House and Senate floor, most legislators wore protective face coverings....

Colorado lawmakers return to tackle $3.3 billion budget hole

May. 25, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — No public health insurance option. Drastic cuts to K-12 and higher education funding. Seniors losing tax breaks on their homes. These are a few of the dozens of sacrifices Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature must make when it returns to work Tuesday after a March 14 suspension prompted...

Funds to build new Colorado state park in coronavirus limbo

May. 24, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The deal went down on a picnic table in Broomfield on April 1. “The quietest acquisition of a $25 million property no one ever heard of,” GOCO boss Chris Castilian said. With a notary public standing 6 feet away, a flurry of signatures transferred southern Colorado’s 30...

Committee votes to close Colorado prison to reduce costs

May. 20, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado state committee voted to close a minimum-security men's prison as a cost-saving measure following a reduction in the inmate population resulting from the coronavirus. Joint Budget Committee voted Tuesday to close the 252-bed Skyline Correctional Center in...

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference to update the state's efforts to check the spread of the new coronavirus Monday, May 11, 2020, in Denver. Polis announced that a restaurant in Castle Rock, Colo., that opened Sunday in defiance of state rules barring in-person dining will have its business license suspended temporarily for the action. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado faces $3.3 billion state deficit due to pandemic

May. 12, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s tourism-and-energy-dependent economy has been crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting lawmakers with a projected $3.3 billion in cuts they must make to craft a balanced state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, legislative economists said Tuesday. The $3.3...

Colorado Democrats pause effort for public health insurance

May. 4, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democrats in the Colorado Legislature have set aside an effort to pass a bill this year creating a public health insurance option. The prime backers of the legislation said Monday the coronavirus crisis made it impossible to ensure all relevant stakeholders including hospitals, doctors and...

Senate candidate Romanoff wins spot in Democratic primary

Apr. 19, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate and former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff has earned a spot in the June 30 Democratic primary that will choose a challenger to incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner. Backed by progressive Democrats, Romanoff won an overwhelming majority of...