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Ask The Indy: What we know about the GEO Group and its Aurora ICE...

It's been a hot summer for GEO Group, the Florida-based company that owns and operates the Aurora ICE Processing Center.  Hundreds of people protested outside...
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Across the board, Denver students making above-average progress on tests, study shows

A new study finds that Denver students are making more progress on standardized tests than the state average, regardless of whether they attend a...

Longmont could be testing ground for limits of local control over fracking Anti-fracking advocates...

Anti-fracking advocates hope to reinstate a ban on oil and gas drilling in Longmont, a move that could test the limits of just how...
Students Maliah and Kayla at the Imaginarium's Summer Lab camp at Columbine Elementary School. (Photo by Susan Gonzalez)

In a postmortem, leaders of Denver’s Imaginarium say test scores, bureaucracy are stifling innovation

The Denver school district’s intense focus on test scores makes it nearly impossible to spread teaching practices that would improve education. That was the conclusion...
Troy Riggs, director of Denver's Department of Public Safety, testifies on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, before the state's committee on prison population management. Riggs says he's optimistic that some 500-plus Denverites won't be sent back to jail or prison as a result of the City Council's decision to kill contracts with two private companies that run halfway houses in the city. (Photo by Alex Burness)

Denver “optimistic” halfway house residents won’t be returned to jail, prison City could seek...

Denver officials say they are hopeful they can reach a near-term agreement to keep six privately run halfway houses open into 2020.  As for what...
Tony Spurlock, sheriff of Douglas County, does his daily work at the Douglas County Sheriff's Department in Castle Rock, Colorado on June 27, 2019. Spurlock has been sheriff since 2015 and has a 39-year law enforcement career. Spurlock is an outspoken proponent of the red flag bill and has been a major part of its propulsion into being signed as well as fully laid out. (Austin Fleskes | Colorado Independent)

Q&A: Why Republican Sheriff Tony Spurlock keeps fighting for Colorado’s red flag law The...

Among those who welcomed President Trump’s recent call for red flag laws was his fellow Republican Tony Spurlock, the sheriff of Douglas County. Spurlock has been...
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet speaks as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York looks on during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After calling out inequity on the debate stage, Bennet leans on his education experience...

On the heels of his criticism of Sen. Kamala Harris and former vice president Joe Biden’s exchange on school integration at last week’s Democratic primary...
EL PASO, TEXAS - AUGUST 07: Miguel de Anda, born and raised in El Paso, holds a sign reading 'Trump Not Welcome Here' at a protest against President Trump's visit following a mass shooting, which left at least 22 people dead. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Littwin: If you’re looking for an inflection point, you’re looking at the wrong president

It’s getting to be that time of year again, when some of the faithless turn hopeful, when some of those desperate to be rid...
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Night work to continue as I-70 construction takes toll on Elyria-Swansea residents Residents say...

Raquel Casillas, a 32-year-old who lives on 45th Street near an I-70 off-ramp in Denver, said her 8-year-old son woke her up one night...

The Indy 500: The courage of undocumented immigrants who talk to reporters

We reporters are used to being stood up.  Our sources often get cold feet. And for good reason: Many have a lot to lose by...