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Colorado Edition: Debates And Decisions

Scott Franz
Capitol Coverage
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.

Today on Colorado Edition: We’ll take a look at what we can learn from the Senate debates. Plus, we’ll learn about Proposition 115, hear about what’s next for CU Boulder, and listen to the final part in a series about gun owners fighting suicide.

Colorado Senate Candidates Debate

On Friday, October 2, the two candidates for Colorado’s Senate race, incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. John Hickenlooper, debated for the first time. Ahead of their next debate, which is scheduled for Friday, October 9, we talk with Anand Sohkey, a professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder, about what we can expect — and learn — from these debates.

Proposition 115

Colorado voters will soon decide whether the state should remain one of the few places in the country where women can get late-term abortions without restriction. Proposition 115 would make them illegal after 22 weeks of pregnancy unless it’s needed to save the mother’s life. As KUNC’s Scott Franz reports, the debate is an emotional one.

What’s Next For CU Boulder?

The University of Colorado Boulder is planning to resume some in-person classes next week. The University switched to remote learning on September 23, following an influx of COVID-19 cases in Boulder County that were tied back to CU students.

The announcement to return came this Wednesday after a Boulder County Board of Health meeting where the board approved two new public health orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Katie Langford, who has been covering the university for the Boulder Daily Camera, joined us with more

“In Their Hands” Part Four

This week we've been addressing the issue of gun suicides in the Mountain West and possible solutions to the issue. A gun violence prevention effort in Larimer County that started as a way to prevent youth homicides and accidents -- is now turning towards youth suicide prevention as coronavirus stressors pile up, and kids spending more time at home. For the final part of the Guns And America series “In Their Hands,” KUNC's Leigh Paterson reports.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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