North Colorado Medical Center
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North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and four other Banner Health hospitals have formally launched a new way to treat pain in their emergency departments.

When appropriate, medical providers will replace opioid medication with a non-opioid alternative (or ALTO).

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Following one of the hottest and driest years on record, the Colorado River and its tributaries throughout the western U.S. are likely headed for another year of low water.

That’s according to a new analysis by the Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado Boulder. Researcher Jeff Lukas, who authored the briefing, says water managers throughout the Colorado River watershed should brace themselves for diminished streams and the decreasing likelihood of filling the reservoirs left depleted at the end of 2018.

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Attorney general nominee Bill Barr says he would "not go after" marijuana companies in states where cannabis is legal.

Barr said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday that companies had relied on Obama-era guidance that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded that guidance, known as the Cole Memo, last year.

Gov. Polis
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Gov. Jared Polis wants to leverage Colorado's stronger than expected revenue projections to pay for full-day kindergarten next school year.

He's asking lawmakers to approve $227 million in the budget for the kindergarten classes.

Polis says the spending will allow 30,000 families to stop paying tuition.


A member of a pioneering group of women who flew military planes in the United States during World War II has died.

Millicent Young of Colorado Springs, a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, died Saturday of complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her son Bill Young told The Gazette. She was 96.

Denver International Airport
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More Americans are being impacted by what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, the already stressful world of air travel is feeling the pinch as Transportation Security Administration workers call in sick.

But for now, things are still operating smoothly at Denver International Airport.

DIA spokeswoman Emily Williams said the average wait time at security checkpoints averaged about 10 minutes on Sunday.

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The Senate is holding confirmation hearings this week for President Trump's pick to run the Justice Department. William Barr is the nominee to be the next Attorney General. Lawmakers are questioning his views on the Special Counsel's Russia investigation, whether a sitting president can be indicted, and other matters.

Watch the proceedings live.

National Park Service

Rocky Mountain National Park is tapping into revenue from recreation fees to reopen parts of the park that were closed during part of the ongoing federal government shutdown.

U.S. 36 near the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and U.S. 34 past the Fall River Entrance are open. So are U.S. 36 and 34 running to Deer Ridge Junction.

Entrance fees are not being collected, but entrance stations will be open to provide safety and basic information to visitors.

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Denver and 16 other Colorado communities have sued the manufacturers and distributors of opioids claiming they fraudulently hyped the drugs behind the deadly nationwide epidemic of overdoses.

The Denver Post reports three lawsuits were filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver against some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the country, including OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma Inc.

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Missouri has already made it a crime to label something like a veggie burger or tissue grown in a lab as “meat.” Now, other states are considering doing the same.

Wyoming legislators are scheduled to discuss a bill this week that would prohibit the word “meat” from appearing on a package that does not contain edible parts of what was previously a live animal.