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Home for disabled under cloud

By Charles Ashby

It might be another year before the Colorado Department of Human Services can say what will happen with the Grand Junction Regional Center, the department’s executive director said Friday. Reggie Bicha, who was in town to tour the aging ...


House panel unanimously supports strangulation bill

By Charles Ashby

Strangulation is a major weapon in assault and domestic violence incidents, but Colorado’s law dealing with it doesn’t go much beyond elder abuse. That would change under a bill that won unanimous approval in the House Judiciary ...


New ballot measure proposes $12 an hour minimum wage

By Charles Ashby

A group that wants to raise the state’s minimum wage filed a proposed ballot measure with the state Thursday to do just that. The group, which called itself Colorado Families for a Fair Wage, filed two proposed citizen’s ...


Bill tries to lure more teachers to rural schools

By Charles Ashby

State lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle are hoping to find ways to entice people to fill a shortage of teachers in rural parts of the state. To do so, Sen. Nancy Todd, D-Aurora, and Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, have ...


House panel kills measure allowing motorcycles to drive between cars

By Charles Ashby

A House committee killed two transportation measures Wednesday that some lawmakers said crossed too many lines, on the road and off. One measure, introduced by Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, would have allowed motorcycles to ...


Bill restricts number of vote sites

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill Tuesday that would reduce the number of vote centers during the first week of early voting. While Republicans said the bill would help county clerks save money in operating vote centers ...


Bill would give cities some say in road, bridge taxes

By Charles Ashby

It’s not quite a taxation without representation argument, but it’s darn close, a Jefferson County state senator says. Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, says it’s unfair to cities that counties can lower their road and bridge ...


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Capitol topics:
 Student loans, 
death penalties 
and voter rights

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Hunters may soon be able to wear pink, college students won’t get help with their student loans, juries still would have to give unanimous decisions in death penalty trials, and voters could have more options in casting ...


Liquor makers want in on grocery store sales

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A national group that represents the distilled spirits industry says it wouldn’t be fair to open up grocery stores to wine and beer sales without including them. As a result, the Washington, D.C.-based Distilled Spirits ...


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Local government agreement bill OK’d

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though the Colorado Legislature approved a similar law last year, a Senate panel Tuesday gave the thumbs-up to a bill that would allow cities and counties to enter into intergovernmental agreements with nearby local ...


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