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If You Smoke Pot, Your Anesthesiologist Needs To Know

Colorado is on the front lines in dealing with how marijuana use affects surgery. Lessons learned on operating tables and in recovery rooms have prompted calls for more research on marijuana nationwide.

New Democratic Majorities Lead to Rush of Bills—and Conflict

With new trifectas, Democratic leaders in six states had the opportunity to push through many new laws. But there were also clashes, both internally and with Republicans.

Colorado Governor Recall Effort Follows a Larger Trend

Angry conservatives are pushing for recall elections to yank Democrats out of office.

How a State Police Agency Goes Viral (and Maybe Teaches People How to Drive)

The Colorado State Patrol develops relationships with the community and grows its online presence by posting humorous topical videos, a project spearheaded by one of its public information officers.

Why State and Local Governments Are Suing Over Climate Change

Following in the path of lawsuits brought against tobacco companies in the 1990s, cities and states are seeking to use the courts to hold fossil fuel companies liable for damages caused by climate change.

When a Kid's Lemonade Stand is Illegal

Children's lemonade stands are technically prohibited in 34 states. Several state legislatures are considering proposals to change that.

How One City Gets Residents to Actually Participate in the Budget Process

Fort Collins, Colorado uses a "budgeting for outcomes" system that officials say prioritizes initiatives that are likely to help the city achieve its overall goals.

Denver Voted to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms. What Happens Next?

The mayor says he’ll respect Initiative 301. The district attorney says it’s open to interpretation. Drug policy experts say officials could ignore it altogether.

Denver Homeless Camping Ballot Initiative Fails

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that sought to give homeless people the right to camp in public places.

Florida Moves to Allow Teachers to Carry Guns

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore mayor resigns … New election machines in North Dakota … Marijuana lounges become legal in Las Vegas.

The Town That Extended 'Smart Growth' to Its Water

As Western states grapple with drought, Westminster, Colorado, has become a model for its integration of water data into the planning process.

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This City Might Give Homeless People the Right to Camp Anywhere

The Denver initiative is the latest front in a campaign advocates for homeless people have been waging at the state level for years.

Why a County Eliminated Degree Requirements for 82 Types of Jobs

The change will affect the hiring criteria for jobs ranging from budget analysts to parks managers.

Colorado Poised to Pass Net-Neutrality Law

The bill, awaiting the governor's signature, would prevent non-neutral service providers from using taxpayer money.

Death Penalty Repeal Stalls in Colorado

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago elects a new mayor ... Keeping public comments alive at a Nebraska county board ... Disaster relief disagreements stall bill.

Congress Could Could Move Quickly on Drought Contingency Plan for Colorado River

Seven states submitted their agreements on March 19 with water officials asking for action before the end of April.

As Farmers Retire, Their Families Face Difficult Choices

Colorado over seven years lost nearly 7 percent of its farms and ranches and about 187,000 agricultural acres to other uses, according to federal estimates.

Purdue Pharma Settles With Oklahoma in Major Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

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When Does a Winter Storm Become a Bomb Cyclone?

What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure— and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.

Fed Up With High Health Care Costs, A Community Asks for A Better Deal

A Colorado county where residents are dealing with hospital and medical costs much higher than in other parts of the state is now turning to a new model to negotiate on behalf of some of the largest employers in the region.