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County Commisioners John Kefalas (right) and Hilary Cooper, and substance abuse expert Rob Valuck (left), prepare to speak about divvying up opioid settlement dollars at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel on Dec. 5, 2019.

Colorado experts recommend opioid settlements mostly go towards treatment and recovery A newly released...

Colorado should spend most of whatever settlement money it receives from prescription drugmakers in the opioid crisis on treatment and recovery services, two dozen...

Proposed changes to food assistance would cause tens of thousands of Coloradans to lose...

Editor's note: This story was originally published on Oct. 25, 2019. On Wednesday, the Trump administration adopted a new policy that will restrict states'...
The Supreme Court of the United States today heard arguments in a Second Amendment case stemming from a challenge to a New York gun law that has since been repealed. The justices questions seemed to indicate that since the law has been repealed the case might be moot. (Photo by Robin Bravender/States Newsroom)

U.S. Supreme Court may sidestep a big Second Amendment fight 

WASHINGTON — A high-profile gun rights case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday might be dismissed with little fanfare.  The justices heard an...
Children make buttons in an after-school program. (Photo by Fort Rucker via Flickr:Creative Commons)

Denver turned marijuana into money for after-school programs. Other cities are taking note.

A modified version of this article first appeared in Youth Today, the national news source for youth service professionals, including child welfare and juvenile justice, youth development,...
Warning sign posted at contaminated Superfund site. (Photo via EPA.gov)

Report: Colorado’s Superfund sites among those threatened by climate change Five of 20 sites...

WASHINGTON — Five of the most contaminated sites in Colorado are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a new report from...
Colorado researchers for the first time have mapped the overlap between housing-insecurity and mental health needs, creating a tool that could better guide help to vulnerable areas. (Photo by Hunter McGinnis, via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Research: Colorado has 71 census tracts where high rates of mental health issues and...

Researchers seeking to better understand where the lack of affordable housing intersects with mental health needs in Colorado have for the first time mapped...
Immigrant youth and their supporters rallied outside the Supreme Court of the United States on Nov. 12, 2019. Supreme Court Justices heard arguments on the legality of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows for temporary protection from deportation and permission to work and study in the U.S. for qualified young people. (Photo by Robin Bravender/States Newsroom)

Is DACA doomed? Supreme Court justices appear to side with Trump 'Regardless of the...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to salvage an Obama-era program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young, unauthorized immigrants known...
Alejandro Flores, a business owner and undocumented immigrant, speaks in favor of the DACA program on Nov. 8, 2019 in Denver. (Photo by Forest Wilson)

With critical Supreme Court hearing coming up, supporters rally for young immigrants The fate...

In advance of next week's U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the validity of an Obama-era program that protects certain young immigrants from deportation, state...
The National Immigration Forum, an immigrant rights group, honored Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner with its Courage to Lead award on Nov. 7, 2019. Gardner was honored along with Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin. Both have supported bi-partisan immigration reform in past years. (Photo by Robin Bravender/The Newsroom)

Gardner talks immigration reform, but stays mum on controversial Trump policies A national immigrant...

WASHINGTON — Sen. Cory Gardner discussed immigration for about 30 minutes here on Thursday without mentioning President Donald Trump’s controversial policies on the issue.  The...

Colorado wilderness bill clears U.S. House, faces Trump veto threat All four U.S. House...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday to approve legislation to preserve vast swaths of wilderness and recreation areas in Colorado.  Lawmakers voted 227-182, largely...
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