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Colorado Department of Transportation

In this week's episode of Colorado Edition, we take a look at what Colorado lawmakers did this past session to help ease the state's transportation issues, dig into the regulations for pesticides used on marijuana plants, venture off the beaten path to where an artist was busy bringing the Breckenridge troll back to life, and more.


Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigned Sunday, effective immediately. The Greeley Democrat was the target of a recall effort.

Galindo was elected to the Colorado House last November. Then a recall petition was started after she voted in favor of new oil and gas rules during the legislative session.

Galindo cited unspecified allegations as her reason for stepping down.

Ashley Jefcoat / KUNC

Colorado jobs are changing. As early as next year nearly 75 percent will require some type of advanced degree. Right now, only about 57 percent of adults a certificate, two-year or four-year college degree.

This has prompted the Colorado Department of Higher Education to create a master plan to help residents go to and graduate from a postsecondary institution. The goal is for 66 percent of adults to have a postsecondary degree by 2025.

Stephanie Daniel / KUNC

In this week's Colorado Edition, a pair of restaurant owners reach a high-profile settlement with a Denver landlord. We also look at postcards that tell the story of Colorado's past, and get a glimpse into training the workforce of the future.

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A shooting at a STEM charter school in Highlands Ranch south of Denver left one student dead and eight others injured on Tuesday. Two suspects are in custody and appeared in court Wednesday. Here is the latest information we have, following a briefing by the Douglas County Sheriff's office early this morning.

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.