Why These Colorado Kids Are Striking For Climate Action

For the second time this year, kids around the world are striking from school to demand action around climate change. And it’s happening just before world leaders gather at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City. There were only a handful of strikes in our region last time but this time there are several dozen.

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U.S. airlines are increasing their emissions of climate-changing gases much faster than they are boosting fuel efficiency, according to an environmental group's report.

The International Council on Clean Transportation said Thursday that carbon dioxide emissions and fuel burning rose 7% from 2016 to 2018, overshadowing a 3% gain in fuel efficiency.

Pharmaceutical companies are facing scrutiny over the opioid crisis, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving millions of dollars to members of Congress, including many in the Mountain West.

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Today on Colorado Edition: as the emerald ash borer spreads around Colorado, we learn about what the state is doing to stop it. And, 50 years ago, scientists in Colorado tried to drill for natural gas using a nuclear bomb. We look back at that history. We'll also learn about how Fort Collins is dealing with West Nile Virus. And we'll talk with Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of the new short story collection, Sabrina & Corina.

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A Christian-affiliated health system in a court fight over Colorado's assisted suicide law says the state can't stop religious organization from disciplining employees who encourage the option in violation of its beliefs.

In a federal court filing Wednesday, Colorado-based Centura Health argues in part that the U.S. Constitution's religious freedom protections trumps the state law's protections for doctors who both chose to or decide against prescribing lethal drugs to hasten the death of patients.

Federal agencies are trying to tackle the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women after years of extremely limited record-keeping and uncoordinated attempts to address these crimes. 


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Gov. Jared Polis announced Thursday his administration plans to turn the country's tallest mountain peak east of Interstate 25 into Colorado's newest state park.

Fishers Peak, which stands at 9,633 feet near the city of Trinidad in southern Colorado, has been privately owned and off limits to the public.

The chief executives of many prominent U.S. companies sent a letter to U.S. senators on Thursday urging them to pass new federal gun control laws.

“Gun violence in America is not inevitable; it’s preventable,” the letter from 145 CEOs reads. “There are steps Congress can, and must, take to prevent and reduce gun violence.”

Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid drug OxyContin, has reached a tentative deal worth billions of dollars that would resolve thousands of lawsuits brought by municipal and state governments who sued the company for allegedly helping to fuel the opioid crisis.

The pending settlement likely means Purdue will avoid going to trial in the sprawling and complicated case involving some 2,300 local governments across 23 states.

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Today on Colorado Edition: as a handful of state Republican cancel their 2020 primaries, we look at Colorado's rules, and how our elections will look this cycle. Plus, a federal lawsuit has put Colorado's Aid in Dying law in the spotlight. We'll also learn about an Opportunity Zone controversy in Boulder, and how prescribed burns could help with wildfires. Finally, we'll visit a 9/11 memorial ceremony at Red Rocks. 

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A new blazing fast internet connection in Paonia is making it easier for Americans who live far from Colorado to order cowboy hats that make them look like their favorite Western movie stars.

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