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U.C. Denver looking to rewrite rules for docs taking drug company...

The University of Colorado Denver is rewriting policies meant to prevent conflicts of interest between drug companies and faculty members and doctors working at its teaching hospitals. The move comes in response to reports published last month detailing how U.C. professors and doctors were pulling down big money on speaking tours paid for by major drug companies such as Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer. U.C. Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Richard Krugman said the speeches amounted to marketing for the companies. Doctors, some of whom were paid in the six-figure range, reportedly underwent training provided by the drug companies, spoke on topics chosen by the companies and worked off company power-point slides in their presentations.

DeGette, Polis ‘fracking’-disclosure camp up against big-money opponents in Congress

Colorado Democratic U.S. Reps Diana DeGette and Jared Polis are leading supporters of a move to force natural-gas drilling companies to disclose the chemicals they use to blast gas out of the ground in an increasingly controversial process called "fracking." The two lawmakers were joined Thursday by 46 members of Congress in sending a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asking him to back a proposal in which the Interior Department would require disclosure of all materials used in fracking operations conducted on public lands. The DeGette and Polis bloc faces strong opposition in Congress and, turns out, their main opponents are pulling down large donations from oil and gas companies.

Newsrooms shrink, mediums change, faces stay the same

Richard Perez-Pena , who writes on the news business for the New York Times, posted a Martin Luther King Day piece on the vetting...

ProPublica report: state oil and gas enforcement staffing levels inadequate

Colorado oil and gas regulators have admitted to the Colorado Independent they’re spread too thin to handle a new set of EPA rules if...

Six months of stimulus: Follow the money, if you can

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act celebrated its six-month anniversary this week. ProPublica looks back at six months of stimulus coverage and finds a...

Colorado’s stimulus team emphasizes transparency, outreach

Although Colorado ranks 46th of the 50 states in federal stimulus spending per capita, according to a report published this week by ProPublica and picked up widely in the media, perhaps more relevant in measuring the effectiveness of the stimulus in the state is a study released earlier this month that ranked the state second in transparency concerning how funds are being used.
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