Breaking News: Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Colorado lawmakers finally confront state’s housing crunch

By The AP

DENVER— Proposals to tackle Colorado’s skyrocketing housing costs have finally been proposed in the state Legislature. But lawmakers don’t have much time to settle on complicated measures to expand affordable housing. Housing was a top priority for both Democrats and Republicans this year. But lawmakers have been haggling behind closed doors for months on the specifics. Democrats have pushed for tax credits and other incentives to help people afford homes. Republicans ...

‘Undie Run’ could go on despite pleas from CSU officials

By The AP

FORT COLLINS — More than a thousand Colorado State University students say they’re committed to participating in Friday’s annual “Undie Run” despite opposition from university officials. The Coloradoan reports that the event started as an end-of-semester clothing donation drive but has devolved over six years into a raucous gathering that university officials say costs about $15,000 for cleanup and security. The event has new organizers and was recently ...

New veterans cemetery to be named after Pikes Peak

By The AP

COLORADO SPRINGS — The new veterans cemetery that will be built to serve veterans in the Colorado Springs area will be named Pikes Peak National Cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the name at a meeting there on Wednesday. The names of national cemeteries usually are based on an area’s geography. The VA picked the name after asking for suggestions from local veterans and community leaders. The cemetery, which will have views of the mountains, will be able ...

Clifton man accused of raping at-risk adult

By Staff

A Clifton man has been arrested on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted an at-risk adult. Olando Eloy Oritz, 35, was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant alleging four counts of sexual assault on an at-risk adult, three counts of third-degree assault on an at-risk adult and one county of unlawful sexual contact on at-risk adult. He is currently being held without bond pending his first court appearance this afternoon. The alleged assaults occurred in Mesa County between January and ...

Health care executive confirmed as lieutenant governor

By The AP

DENVER — Health care executive Donna Lynne has been confirmed to be Colorado’s next lieutenant governor. The Senate unanimously approved her appointment to fil the vacant job Wednesday. All that remains is for Lynne to take the oath of office. Lynne talked about her ideas to make government more efficient during her final hearing Wednesday. Lynne told senators she’d work to improve government efficiency. Gov. John Hickenlooper talked up Lynne’s experience — ...

Craig doctor acquitted on charge related to patient’s death

By The AP

CRAIG — A Craig doctor convicted of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances that led to the death of a patient has been acquitted of the most severe charge against him because of a missing word in a charging document. The Craig Daily Press reports that Joel Miller was found guilty in November 2015 of several charges related to overprescribing controlled substances while he worked in Craig from 2008 to 2010. He would have been the first Colorado doctor to receive a prison ...

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