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Tony Spurlock
Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

Updated May 8 at 10:25 a.m. 

The Douglas County Sheriff says Kendrick Ray Castillo, the student killed in the shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch yesterday, was a senior who would have finished school on Friday.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock says they don't have information about a possible motive for the shooting at this time.

"We are still actively working the crime scene with our partners from the FBI. We anticipate that's probably going to take at least two more days for us to manage that," he said.

Psilocybin mushrooms
Esther Honig / KUNC

This week on Colorado Edition, another Coloradan enters the 2020 presidential race. We look at Sen. Michael Bennet's resume. Plus, we recap a busy legislative session at the state Capitol and explore a movement to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms.

Mark Kennedy
Amanda Andrews / KUNC

The University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to make Mark Kennedy the system’s president.

Kennedy was approved Thursday in a 5 to 4 vote.

After the vote, a member of the audience yelled out, “You should be ashamed.”

Board member Glen Gallegos noted that leadership on CU campuses will guide the university more than any one person.

Mark Kennedy
Amanda Andrews / KUNC

The University of Colorado presidential finalist Mark Kennedy spent the week touring the college system's campuses. At every stop, Kennedy was quizzed about where he stood on LGBTQ issues.

Kennedy's selection faces opposition from students, faculty and alumni who point to his voting record as a Minnesota congressman and budget cuts made during his time as president of the University of North Dakota.

Ryan Hagerty / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In this week's Colorado Edition, we untangle the origins and spread of a mysterious disease affecting deer populations in the Mountain West and around the world. We also take a trip down the challenging road to cutting carbon emissions and catch up on what state lawmakers are scrambling to get over the finish line in the last weeks of the legislative session.

Mark Kennedy
Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

At his first open forum, University of Colorado presidential finalist Mark Kennedy said he won't impose his values on anyone else.

Kennedy is touring the college's four campuses this week amid an outpouring of criticism over his selection and the process that made him the sole finalist.

Michael Bennet
Courtesy Bennet for Colorado

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet is recovering from prostate surgery his doctors are calling successful.

Bennet’s office released a statement Friday saying he had the surgery last weekend.

“Last weekend, Michael underwent surgery and is recovering at his home in Colorado. His doctors report the surgery was completely successful and he requires no further treatment. Michael and his family deeply appreciate the well wishes and support from Coloradans and others across the country, and he looks forward to returning to work after the recess.”

Columbine Memorial
Leigh Paterson / KUNC

In this week's Colorado Edition, we remember Columbine 20 years after the attacks and look at what's changed since then. Other stories include changing the face of public art in Colorado and a review from film critic Howie Movshovitz.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

Attorney General William Barr delivers a press conference at the Justice Department ahead of the expected release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. A redacted version of the report is expected to be released on Thursday.

Leigh Paterson / KUNC

A Florida teenager is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a nearly 24-hour manhunt.

Sol Pais flew into Denver International Airport Monday night. She then bought a pump-action shotgun from a gun shop in Littleton near Columbine.