1:55pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Children

Colorado's Slight Decrease In Child Poverty, In 3 Graphs

Colorado saw the sixth-largest percentage decline in child poverty among all states, with approximately 17,000 fewer children living in poverty in 2013. The decrease was part of a national drop in child poverty.
Credit Vicki Watkins / Flickr - Creative Commons

For the first time since the start of the recession, child poverty has decreased in Colorado. The child poverty rate in 2013 was 16.9 percent, down from 18.5 percent just the year before. That represents about 17,000 fewer children living in poverty, according to data released Thursday from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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7:14am

Thu September 18, 2014

5:00am

Thu September 18, 2014
Arts District

Dairy Center 'Flood' Exhibit Presents Photos Both Stark, Therapeutic

'Submerged' captured the flood waters raging in Evergreen.
Andrew Beckham

Marking a year post-flood in Colorado, The Dairy Center for the Arts is exhibiting 33 black-and-white and color photographs captured by photographers who live and work on the Front Range. In FLOOD: A Thousand Year Event, unmitigated contrasts are presented: Destruction and rebirth; restoration after loss; calamity and, oddly, the center's Curator of Visual Art and Education, Mary Horrocks notes, beauty.

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5:00am

Thu September 18, 2014
Outer Space

NASA Mars Mission, Led By CU-Boulder, Readies For Orbit

Artist rendition of the MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Four billion years ago, Mars may have looked completely different. Water could have flowed across the planet's surface. There might have been life. To support these conditions, the planet's atmosphere must have been very different.

A NASA mission to investigate that atmosphere – and why it changed – is about to enter orbit around the Red Planet. Led by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, the mission, called MAVEN (short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN), consists of a satellite that will orbit the planet.

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4:30am

Thu September 18, 2014
Energy

North Dakota Tops Oil And Gas States In Fatalities

A rig worker in Williston, North Dakota, pictured in June 2011.
Lindsey G Flickr - Creative Commons

North Dakota is the most dangerous state in the country for oil and gas workers. In 2011-2012, there were 75 deaths per 100,000 workers. In the next closest state, West Virginia, there were 37.5 per 100,000 workers. Colorado was lower with 14.2 per 100,000 and Wyoming is a third of the national average with 8.1 deaths per 100,000 workers.

To understand why the oil and gas industry here is so dangerous, you can go to the heart of the boom: Williston, North Dakota.

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