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Proposals could bring trains to Colorado's Tennessee Pass

Jul. 12, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s been 23 years since trains rumbled through the tunnel atop Tennessee Pass. That could change as interest in the dormant Tennessee Pass Line between Cañon City and Dotsero grows. A fledgling railway project in Utah’s Uinta Basin and a billionaire New York City...

Pandemic, strained economy threaten higher ed in Colorado

Jul. 11, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Angie Paccione, fresh off a weekly call with university presidents across Colorado, summed up the state of higher education in the midst of a pandemic, an economic recession and a reckoning with lifetimes worth of racial inequities: It’s a “cacophony of crises.” Colorado...

This photo released by the Aurora Police Department, in Colorado, shows Officers Erica Marrero, from left, Jaron Jones and Kyle Dittrich. Jason Rosenblatt, one of three white officers who stopped Elijah McClain, has been fired over the photos showing colleagues reenacting the chokehold used before the Black man died in August 2019, according to documents from prosecutors. The officers shown in the photo have either been fired or have resigned, according to officials. (Aurora Police Department via AP)

Correction: Racial Injustice-Elijah McClain story

Jul. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EDT
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — In a story published July 3, 2020, about police officers being fired over photos showing them reenacting a chokehold used on Elijah McClain, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a family friend. His name is Terrance Roberts, not Terrence Roberts.

Colorado superintendent to be Kentucky education head

Jul. 10, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

Frankfort, Ky (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education announced Thursday that it has selected the superintendent of Colorado’s second largest school district to be Kentucky’s next education commissioner. Jason Glass will oversee Kentucky’s K-12 school system and its 650,000 students...

FILE - This photo released by the Aurora Police Department, in Colorado, shows Officers Erica Marrero, from left, Jaron Jones and Kyle Dittrich. Dittrich and Marrero who were fired for the photo reenacting a chokehold used on a Black man arrested in August have filed appeals of their terminations, the Aurora Civil Service Commission said Thursday, July 9, 2020. (Aurora Police Department via AP, File)

Aurora officers fired for reenacting chokehold file appeals

Jul. 9, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado police officers fired for a photo reenacting a chokehold used on a Black man arrested last year appealed their terminations, officials said Thursday. Officers Kyle Dittrich and Erica Marrero were fired last week after Aurora police released a photo showing them and a third...

Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference on the state's efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado unveils coronavirus modeling tool for public

Jul. 9, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday unveiled a coronavirus modeling tool that allows the public to input parameters such as age, a percentage of people wearing masks or social distancing to predict a COVID-19 infection rate. “What happens if the 20-somethings still party but the...

Colorado sues Juul for marketing to minors

Jul. 7, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has filed a lawsuit against an e-cigarette manufacturer saying the company marketed products to children and downplayed health risks. The lawsuit filed in Denver District Court Tuesday says Juul Labs Inc. violated the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, The Colorado Sun reported ...

Motorists queue up for blocks along Auraria Parkway to take advantage of free COVID-19 testing outside the Pepsi Center early Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado has increase in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations

Jul. 7, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Hospitalizations in Colorado for COVID-19 have begun to increase for the first time in months, while the state’s rate of positive coronavirus test results has jumped since the first week of June, officials said. Transmission of COVID-19 is increasing and the rise in new cases is not...

FILE - This March 18, 2010, file photo shows the main thoroughfare in Walsenberg, Colo. The Huerfano County Hospital District, which serves the southern Colorado city and surrounding area, is one of over a dozen rural health care providers in the state which applied for federal loans designed to keep staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, File)

Colorado rural hospitals stay afloat with federal loans

Jul. 7, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — More than a dozen rural Colorado hospitals and primary care facilities applied for federal loans designed to keep staff employed during the coronavirus pandemic, federal data show. The loan approvals came as rural hospitals across the country struggle with dwindling income, higher costs and...

Aurora's McClain review to focus on training, policies

Jul. 7, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The local investigation related to the death of a 23-year-old Black man who died after police stopped him on the street in suburban Denver will focus on first-responder training and policies as the state attorney general's probe looks at whether criminal charges are warranted, Aurora...