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Worker reaches plea deal in election machine tampering case

DENVER (AP) — A former elections manager who prosecutors say assisted in a security breach of voting equipment in a Colorado county has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, according to court documents. Sandra Brown, who is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon for a plea hearing, is one of two employees accused of helping Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters allow a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment in search of proof of the conspiracy theories...
MESA COUNTY, CO
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Stroke of genius: Maggie Whittum in 'Theater of the Mind'

There are 14 wonderful actors who separately perform the Denver Center’s ongoing solo play “Theater of the Mind” for groups of just 16 at a time. But the experience is kind of, well, mind-blowing when the actor who takes you on this magical mystery tour of the many ways our mind plays tricks on us also happens to be the survivor of a massive stroke. “You can go back and fix things,” Whittum, as a character based on Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, tells us...
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Unsealed investigation shows excessive speed caused Aurora R-Line derailment

Excessive speed and operator error caused the derailment of RTD's R-Line light rail train in September, according to investigation records recently unsealed by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The R-Line train that derailed on a 90-degree curve at South Sable Boulevard and East Exposition Avenue in Aurora Sept. 21 went back in service Monday and officials have released partial details of the accident. In its "Corrective Action Plan" filed...
AURORA, CO

Longtime NFL quarterback, Kansas star John Hadl dies at 82

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Longtime NFL quarterback John Hadl, who starred for his hometown Kansas Jayhawks before embarking on a professional career that included six Pro Bowl appearances and an All-Pro nod, died Wednesday. He was 82. The university, where Hadl returned after his playing days as a coach and fundraiser, announced his death in a statement, citing his family. No cause was given. “John Hadl had a generational impact...
LAWRENCE, KS

Asteroid mining company relocates to Denver from the Netherlands

A space resources startup, Karman+, selected Denver for its headquarters to relocate from the Netherlands, according to a news release. The Polis Administration and the Global Business Development Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) made the announcement Wednesday. The company also considered the United Kingdom and Luxembourg as potential locations for its headquarters. The Colorado Economic Development Commission approved “up to $1,287,128 in performance-based Job Growth Incentive Tax Credits over an eight-year period” to the company when it was under the pseudonym Project Cobalt, according to the release.
DENVER, CO

Colorado health care organization, security officers face lawsuit after alleged chokehold death

Four hospital security officers and the health care conglomerate Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado are facing a wrongful death lawsuit after security allegedly choked a man to death in a Pueblo hospital lobby last year. An ambulance transported Mathew Haskel Jones, 36, to Centura St. Mary-Corwin Hospital on Feb. 10, 2021, for gout treatment. Security officers placed him in a chokehold when he refused to wait outside in the cold after hospital staff said he chose to discharge himself against their medical advice, according to the...
PUEBLO, CO

Tensions high as Aurora's Civil Service Commission defends role

After roughly three hours of often-tense discussion, Aurora’s Civil Service Commission wrapped up a meeting with the city’s independent consent decree monitor and city councilmembers Tuesday. Officials hotly debated proposals that could change who holds the most power in hiring entry-level police officers and firefighters. Commission members met to review a new study from the independent monitor that evaluated the commission’s hiring practices and recommended changes. Commissioners also reacted to...
AURORA, CO

Colorado offers $6.9 million in grants for fentanyl investigations

Law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado can now apply for grants to fund investigations into fentanyl-related deaths, injuries and supply chains. Applications opened Tuesday for $6.86 million to be distributed through the Synthetic Opiate Poisoning Investigation and Distribution Interdiction Grant Program — created by the passage of House Bill 1326 in May, a sweeping measure to address the state's runaway fentanyl crisis.
COLORADO STATE

Monarch Mountain announces kickoff to ski season

A go-to ski area for southern Coloradans is opening Thursday. Monarch Mountain, one of the state's few ski areas not making snow, thanked Mother Nature in announcing its kickoff to the season on the first day of December. She's dropped about nine inches of snow the past week, adding to a 19-inch base and a season total close to 40 inches on the mountain, according to the ski area's report Wednesday.

Christmas and Connick: They just go together

There’s just something about Connick and Christmas. The swooning, crooning star of stage and screen has sold 28 million records, including his biggest-selling album ever, “When My Heart Finds Christmas.” Connick – as in, of course, Harry Jr., has just released his fourth holiday album, “Make it Merry,” in advance of his latest visit to Denver’s Buell Theatre on Tuesday.
DENVER, CO

Landmark same-sex marriage bill wins Senate passage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex marriages, an extraordinary sign of shifting national politics on the issue and a measure of relief for the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide. The bill, which would ensure that same-sex and interracial marriages are enshrined in federal law, was approved 61-36 on Tuesday, including support from 12 Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the legislation was “a...
COLORADO STATE

Biden faces railroad strike fallout after premature victory lap

President Joe Biden risks alienating some of his strongest supporters as the White House and congressional leaders look to avert a devastating rail strike before the holidays. Biden, who often calls himself the most pro-union president in history, is now working to prevent a rail strike by using century-old legislation to end negotiations on terms multiple rail unions have rejected.