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Colorado abolishes death penalty; governor commutes sentences of 3 on death row

Colorado abolishes death penalty; governor commutes sentences of 3 on death row

Sen. Dennis Hisey is heading to his desk at senate chamber in Colorado State Capitol building on Friday. March 13, 2020.Gov. Jared Polis signed Monday making Colorado the 22nd state to abolish the death penalty, and he also commuted the sentences of the .They will instead serve life prison sentences without the possibility of parole, Polis said.“The commutations of these despicable and guilty individuals are consistent with the abolition of the death penalty in the State of Colorado, and consistent with the recognition that the death penalty cannot be, and never has been, administered...

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March 24, 2020
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10,000 railroad ties set ablaze in Pueblo County in suspected arson

10,000 railroad ties set ablaze in Pueblo County in suspected arson

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostApproximately 10,000 railroad ties were set on fire at two separate locations in Pueblo County on Saturday night in what sheriff’s officials say is a suspected arson.The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that deputies and emergency services teams responded to the fire Saturday night and halted BNSF Railway traffic while crews put out the blaze.The only location sheriff’s officials gave was that the fire was near railroad tracks north of mile marker 108.Investigators from BNSF are...

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Matt Sebastian
April 12, 2020
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Ken Buck: “It’s just craziness to shut down businesses” due to coronavirus

Ken Buck: “It’s just craziness to shut down businesses” due to coronavirus

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver Post, a Windsor Republican and chair of the Colorado Republican Party, believes the country is panicked and overreacting to the outbreak due to a lack of leadership from both major political parties.“You don’t shut restaurants down for 30 days,” Buck said in an interview Wednesday, referring to and many other states.“I have no problem with (stopping) sporting events or things that don’t impact our civil liberties and don’t impact everyday life. Those are things that I think we can suspend for a period...

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Justin Wingerter
March 18, 2020
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Protests against Colorado’s coronavirus stay-at-home order planned for Sunday at state Capitol

Protests against Colorado’s coronavirus stay-at-home order planned for Sunday at state Capitol

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostMultiple groups plan to descend on Colorado’s State Capitol on Sunday to protest what they argue is overreach and unconstitutional restrictions in the face of governmental efforts to stop the spread of the global COVID-19 pandemic.The protests — one a around the Capitol building in people’s cars at 1 p.m., the other calling for people to from 2 to 4 p.m. — have been organized by various groups, including Libertarian parties around the metro area.It is the “draconian measures” from Gov. Jared Polis,...

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Sam Tabachnik
April 17, 2020
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As mail voting pushed, some fear loss of in-person option

As mail voting pushed, some fear loss of in-person option

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy and | The Associated PressATLANTA — Scrambling to address voting concerns during a pandemic, election officials across the country are eliminating polling places or scaling back opportunities for people to cast ballots in person — a move raising concerns among voting rights groups and some Democrats who say some voters could be disenfranchised.In Nevada, election officials will open only one polling place per county for its June primary. In Florida, county officials warn they may have to consolidate polling places...

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Christina A. Cassidy
April 20, 2020
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Denver’s stay-at-home order will be extended to May 8 even as state’s mandate is about to expire

Denver’s stay-at-home order will be extended to May 8 even as state’s mandate is about to expire

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostMayor Michael Hancock will extend Denver’s stay-at-home order to May 8, even as much of the rest of the state will of similar restrictions that had been designed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.Other parts of the metro area are expected to follow Hancock’s lead.Hancock and later extended it to April 30, but without additional guidance from Gov. Jared Polis’s office on how to enforce less-stringent guidelines, the city needs additional time to figure out how more and more Denverites can...

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Conrad Swanson
April 24, 2020
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Walmart in Aurora shut down after 3 coronavirus deaths and multiple cases

Walmart in Aurora shut down after 3 coronavirus deaths and multiple cases

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostA Walmart in Aurora has been shut down by health officials because of three coronavirus deaths associated with the business as well as multiple cases.The Walmart, at 14000 East Exposition, is closed by order of the Tri-County Health Department in connection to the deaths of an employee, a store security guard, and an employee’s husband, according to a news release.“There are six additional confirmed cases among employees,” the release said. There are three additional cases connected to the business...

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Kieran Nicholson
April 24, 2020
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“My body, my choice”: Inside Colorado’s growing anti-shutdown movement

“My body, my choice”: Inside Colorado’s growing anti-shutdown movement

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | and | | The Denver PostJoe Oltmann, of Castle Pines, is the 45-year-old CEO of a data company. He’s also a leader and financier in the nascent but growing movement of Coloradans demanding an end to stay-at-home orders.“I recognize there is a risk and I recognize people could get sick,” Oltmann says of reopening the state’s economy. “Those are all things I recognize. But I also recognize that hunger can kill people. Despair can kill people.”“If I choose the wrong way and it ends up killing me, I’m sorry, but I made...

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Justin Wingerter
April 25, 2020
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Police upping patrols at Tri-County Health after “civil war” threat over coronavirus restrictions

Police upping patrols at Tri-County Health after “civil war” threat over coronavirus restrictions

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostPolice in Greenwood Village are increasing patrols around the Tri-County Health Department after authorities say someone sent a threatening email to the office’s receptionist that warned of a looming “civil war” over ongoing coronavirus restrictions.Greenwood Village police say they took a report Tuesday from an employee at Tri-County Health’s offices at 6162 S. Willow Drive who passed along a profane email urging the health department to “END. THE LOCKDOWN. NOW. Or face severe...

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Matt Sebastian
May 7, 2020
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Colorado governor orders all downhill skiing operations to cease for a week

Colorado governor orders all downhill skiing operations to cease for a week

GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS.XBy | | The Denver PostAll North American ski mountains operated by the continent’s biggest resort companies, Vail Resorts and Alterra Mountain Company, will close Sunday — a dramatic move that comes just days after resorts vowed to remain open as the coronavirus spreads through the state.Vail Resorts — which owns Vail Ski Resort, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Keystone Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado — said it will reevaluate in a week to determine whether its mountains would reopen...

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Sam Tabachnik
March 14, 2020
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