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FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Sheneen McClain speaks during a rally and march over the death of her son, Elijah McClain, outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Police face new lawsuit, probes after Elijah McClain's death

Aug. 11, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A police department in suburban Denver faced a new set of investigations and legal problems Tuesday as scrutiny mounts over the death last year of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by officers, and other run-ins with people of color. McClain's parents sued the...

Colorado governor extends eviction notice order to 30 days

Aug. 11, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order requiring property owners in Colorado to give tenants a 30-day notice before pursuing evictions as individuals struggle to make payments during the pandemic. Previously, property owners would only give a 10-days notice. Polis...

Health officials in Colorado conduct mask wearing recon

Aug. 9, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — They really are watching you. From their cars and trucks, parked in the lots of King Soopers, Whole Foods and the corner store, they are staring out their vehicle windows as you shop. But these guys — volunteers from the public health department — are only interested in...

Agency determines all of Colorado abnormally dry, in drought

Aug. 7, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has activated Colorado's drought plan to track impacts, save water, coordinate local responses and help hard-hit farmers following a federal assessment that determined that the state is abnormally dry or in drought for the first time in eight years. The finding is consistent...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson speaks during a news conference in Aurora, Colo. Wilson was picked to be the chief of the Aurora Police Department in a 10-1 vote Monday night, Aug. 3 becoming the first woman to hold the job, after competing with three other nationwide finalists to lead the agency in Colorado’s third largest city, a diverse community east of Denver.  (Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado via AP, File)

New chief of embattled Colorado force wants cops to see bias

Aug. 5, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The new leader of a suburban Denver police department whose officers put Elijah McClain in a chokehold before the young Black man died last year and handcuffed Black girls over the weekend said Wednesday that she wants to empower police to veer away from strict training protocols and think...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson speaks during a news conference in Aurora, Colo. Wilson was picked to be the chief of the Aurora Police Department in a 10-1 vote Monday night, Aug. 3 becoming the first woman to hold the job, after competing with three other nationwide finalists to lead the agency in Colorado’s third largest city, a diverse community east of Denver.  (Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado via AP, File)

Police facing scrutiny in Elijah McClain case get new chief

Aug. 4, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The interim chief of a suburban Denver police department has become the first woman to permanently lead the agency that's looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year since the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man officers stopped on the street and put into a...

Colorado Governor Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference to update the state's status in dealing with the new coronavirus Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado's Polis urges US to go beyond renewal of virus aid

Aug. 4, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging Congress to go beyond simple renewal of earlier federal pandemic assistance and provide a more extensive package of aid to blunt the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Polis, a Democrat, said he wants food stamp benefit increases, home heating and child...

Traditional dancers wear costumes as they prepare their performance in a parade in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday after months of virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The Latest: Bali welcoming visitors after 4-month lockdown

Jul. 30, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Bali’s governor has been impatient to revive the economy and began easing restrictions on public activities three weeks ago. Under the...

Colorado governor says return to school 'reasonably safe'

Jul. 30, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday he thinks it's “reasonably safe” to open schools this fall and announced plans to distribute medical-grade masks to teachers across the state to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “I think the hard work of Coloradans is what has...

This photo provided by Kaiser Health News shows, from left, Abigail Sena leads the procession as an acolyte, followed by Gary Darress, a deacon, and Claire Elser, a curate, during worship services on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The church offers socially distant, outdoor Sunday worship services, in which attendees can sit spaced out on the lawn or listen on the radio from their cars. The evangelical stronghold of Colorado Springs has returned to the church in ways both guarded and full of gusto during the coronavirus pandemic. The state still limits how many people can gather and recommends social distancing practices. (Rachel Woolf for KHN via AP)

Colorado Springs churches reopening as pandemic continues

Jul. 30, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The lights dimmed. Guitars thrummed. And a nine-piece band kicked off what amounted to a rock concert inside an amphitheater of a church. “Shout for joy to the Lord,” one musician called out, quoting Scripture. Any such shout could release the coronavirus to...