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Nobody Checked Child Abuse Email—for 4 Years

'We did not know this email even existed'

(Newser) - A Colorado government email account set up to organize reports of child abuse and neglect went unchecked for four years so that five cases requiring immediate attention were disregarded. Colorado's Department of Human Services launched hccc@state.co.us in 2015 as a way for government staff to support a... More »

Bear Gets Stuck in Car, 'Drives' It Down a Hill

No one was apparently hurt, including the bear

(Newser) - Colorado officials had a bear of a problem on the Fourth of July, but luckily one that resulted in no injuries. Per the Denver Post and the Denver Channel , the Boulder County Sheriff's Office put up a Facebook post Friday to serve as "a good reminder to keep... More »

Denver's Geese Will Be Cooked

City launches controversial cull

(Newser) - "We've created the perfect environment for geese," laments Scott Gilmore, deputy parks director in Denver, where the population of Canada geese has soared in recent decades and a controversial cull is underway. An estimated 5,000 geese live in the city and thousands more visit during their... More »

He Was Trying for His 5th Race Win. Then, a Fatal Hump

Carlin Dunne died Sunday 20 yards from the finish of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb

(Newser) - Carlin Dunne had won the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado four times, and in the words of the Colorado Springs Gazette , he was "only a few yards from likely wrapping up his fifth victory" at the historic race when tragedy struck. He was on the course'... More »

Dozens of Drivers Follow Google Maps, End Up Off-Roading

One of the drivers picked up 2 others who were trying to get to airport

(Newser) - Google Maps: useful, but not always the best thing to follow blindly, as dozens of Colorado drivers learned the hard way Sunday. As Connie Monsees explains to ABC News , she was on her way to Denver International Airport to pick up her husband when she ran into a traffic jam.... More »

Colorado School Shooter Reveals His Motive

Alec McKinney says he targeted kids over gender taunts

(Newser) - A high school student charged in a classmate's death during a Colorado school shooting told police that he planned the attack for weeks and intended to target classmates who repeatedly mocked his gender identity, the AP reports. Written summaries of police interviews with the two suspected shooters portray 16-year-old... More »

A Soldier Was Killed in '87. Now, an Arrest in Her Murder

Colorado's Michael Whyte charged in death of 20-year-old Darlene Krashoc

(Newser) - A suburban Denver man has been arrested in the unsolved slaying of a soldier in Colorado 32 years ago after DNA evidence was used to create an image of what a suspect might look like, authorities said Friday. Civilian and Army investigators arrested Michael Whyte of Thornton in the 1987... More »

10 Best States to Call Home

Bay Staters have it pretty good

(Newser) - California may be the " most fun " state, but it's far from best, according to WalletHub 's latest ranking. To find the best US state to call home, the site compared affordability, economy, education and health, quality of life, and safety—providing each of the 50 states... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Rising Fascination With Columbine High Leads to Proposal

School district floats the idea of tearing it down

(Newser) - As the 20th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School approached this spring, the tension in Littleton, Colo., was palpable—not least because an armed woman obsessed with the event was known to be in the area . Each year, police and school officials "make contacts with hundreds of... More »

Colorado Says 'Memorial Boulder' Is Staying Put

State thinks it could become tourist attraction

(Newser) - A boulder the size of a house that tumbled across and gouged a southwestern Colorado state highway last month will stay put. State officials plan to rebuild the highway next to it, saving taxpayers money and possibly creating a tourist attraction, the AP reports. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado... More »

Here Are the States With the Best, Worst Economies

Washington state comes in at No. 1; Alaska is dead last

(Newser) - It takes a village—or, in the case of the US economy, each individual state doing its fair share. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states and DC to see how they all fared across more than two dozen metrics in three categories: economic activity (including startup presence and... More »

Missing Woman's Car Found by Highway

Colorado's Jennifer Michelle Lorber disappeared in California

(Newser) - An intense search is on for a Colorado woman whose rented car was found on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. Jennifer Michelle Lorber, 30, was last heard from around 11pm Thursday after she flew to Los Angeles, rented a car, and drove to a motel... More »

This Is the First State to Cap the Price of Insulin

'The days of insulin price gouging are over in Colorado'

(Newser) - With the soaring price of insulin forcing some diabetics to ration the drug , Colorado has become the first state to introduce a price cap. The state has introduced a law that caps the price of co-pays for insured patients to $100 a month, USA Today reports. "The days of... More »

Colorado Hit By Abnormally Massive Avalanche

One of the rocks was the size of a building

(Newser) - A section of road between Cortez and Telluride in southwest Colorado was obliterated by two massive boulders, authorities say. The Colorado Department of Transportation says a slide "consisting of dirt, rock, and two huge boulders" hit Colorado 145 on Friday, causing no injuries but leaving a trench 8 feet... More »

Accused Colorado Shooters Hit With Dozens of Charges

Devon Erickson and Alec McKinney will apparently be tried as adults

(Newser) - Two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in their Colorado charter school appeared in court Wednesday to face dozens of criminal charges that included murder and attempted murder, the AP reports. The parents of the teen who was killed in the attack looked on before attending to their... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

10 States With the Most Drug Abuse

The epidemic continues

(Newser) - A recent sliver of hope in the US opioid crisis emerged in the form of a substantial drop in prescription opioid use in 2018. But that doesn't mean the country's drug epidemic is anywhere near over. Drug abuse continues to run rampant, and WalletHub looked at the problem... More »

Inmate Charged in DA Murder Plot: He'll Get 'F---ing Pizza'

Alleged gang member Billie Allen wanted to take out Colorado DA, authorities say

(Newser) - An overheard conversation between inmates in a Colorado jail sounded on the surface like a casual chat about a pizza delivery. But upon closer listen, a deputy realized something more chilling was afoot, and now an alleged gang member has been charged with plotting to murder the Weld County district... More »

Source: Shooting Suspects Tried to Burn Home First

Sources say a guard may have accidentally fired on a deputy amid the chaos

(Newser) - A former Marine working as a private security guard may have fired on a sheriff's deputy amid the chaos of the Colorado school shooting this week, the Denver Post reports, citing a law enforcement source. The source says investigators are trying to determine whether one of the eight students... More »

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