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Denver School Board Could End Contract With Denver Police Department, Remove Officers From Schools

Two Denver Public School Board members want to terminate Denver Public School's (DPS) contract with the Denver Police Department. The board's vice president Jennifer Bacon and secretary Tay Anderson announced the resolution on Friday on the steps of West High School near downtown. "We want to be able to have a school system where students are greeted with school nurses, with full-time mental health supports with restorative practice coordinators and not Denver Police Department," Anderson...

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Protesters plan to take to the streets across the Front Range again this weekend, with calls on social media for mass gatherings in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley, amid continued demands for reform to Colorado’s justice system ignited by the death of George Floyd.

The planned demonstrations follow a week of mostly peaceful activism in the region, which saw declines in incidents of vandalism, looting and arrests. Some elected officials also outlined promises to work with protesters to make lasting change.

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Two Denver Public School Board members want to terminate Denver Public School's (DPS) contract with the Denver Police Department. The board's vice president Jennifer Bacon and secretary Tay Anderson announced the resolution on Friday on the steps of West High School near downtown.

"We want to be able to have a school system where students are greeted with school nurses, with full-time mental health supports with restorative practice coordinators and not Denver Police Department," Anderson said.

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As large protests against police brutality continue around the nation, Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol are advancing a bill they say will help prevent deadly police encounters in Colorado.

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Today on Colorado Edition: We get the latest on protests in Denver against police brutality, and the debate around deploying the military to the protests. And, we’ll learn about a new app helping families check in virtually on loved ones in long-term care facilities. Plus, we’ll hear the final part in a series on water investment in the West.

Owning a handgun significantly increases one’s risk of suicide, according to a study published Thursday that tracked new gun owners in California for more than a decade.

Mental health experts and researchers have long known that gun ownership suggests an increased risk of suicide, but the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine adds a new level of detail.

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As protests against police brutality enter their second week in Colorado and across the nation, the military’s role is under intense scrutiny.

As employers continue to lay off workers at unprecedented levels, every state in the Mountain West has some kind of rent assistance program in place. Low-income housing advocates hope those programs, and their funding, can keep up with the ongoing need.

There's something about the video of the George Floyd killing that makes it very specific to the Twin Cities.

The video shows a white police officer and a black male victim — a familiar dynamic in similar videos and killings seen nationwide — but there's a third identifiable person: an Asian American officer seen running interference with the crowd and standing watch. He's now-former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, a Hmong American — which is how you know this isn't "any" city. It's Minneapolis.

The inaugural #BlackBirdersWeek kicked off on Sunday. The virtual event came about in response to the racist incident in Central Park last week when a white woman called the police after a Black birder asked her to put her dog on a leash.

Leigh Paterson / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: We speak to the state health department’s chief medical officer about COVID-19 outbreak data. We also hear from the state’s division of homeland security about personal protective equipment shortages. Plus, we hear the next piece in our series on water investment in the West, and we learn about a local utility provider’s goal to transition their energy to be non-carbon generated by 2030.

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