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AURORA, CO - Pharmacist Hank Wedemeyer fills prescriptions as generic diabetes medicine awaits distribution at a community health center on Dec. 1, 2009 in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Landmark prescription drug pricing bill clears U.S. House  Colorado Reps. voted along party lines...

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs...
Noel Community Arts School students work through assigned classwork during a study period at the Denver school in May 2019. (Nathan W. Armes/Chalkbeat)

Colorado releases school ratings amid ongoing debate about how to measure performance

Colorado school ratings finalized Wednesday show that slightly fewer schools this year earned one of the two lowest ratings. Those that did — 154 schools...
Rep. Joe Neguse, of Boulder, serves on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis at the University of Colorado Law School campus on Aug. 1, 2019. (Photo courtesy Sally Tucker)

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse has a plan to fight Trump on climate censorship “Stop...

WASHINGTON — A freshman Colorado congressman, troubled by allegations of climate censorship by the Trump administration, is attempting to make it harder for political...
A must-pass defense policy will move forward without provisions that would crack down on a wide class of chemicals known as PFAS that are linked to health problems. Among the provisions struck: language that would have required the EPA to limit PFAS levels in waterways and strengthen regulations on PFAS in drinking water. (Photo by Brandon Giesbrecht via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Key regulations on chemicals linked to health problems struck from must-pass defense bill The...

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and environmental advocates suffered a stinging setback with the release of a defense policy bill this week that lacks key...

Guest Post: Denver’s minimum wage vote is roadmap for other cities – and for...

Denver’s recent historic vote to raise its minimum wage to more than $15 an hour marks a long-overdue victory for local communities over big...
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...
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