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Colorado Edition: Janitors on strike; upcoming ballot proposals; a different approach to addition recovery

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Jackie Hai
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KUNC

Late last week, dozens of janitors at the Denver International Airport left their posts and headed to the picket lines. This came after an agreement with their employer expired and negotiations for a new contract went south. KUNC's Michael de Yoanna tells us what the workers hoped to accomplish.

When Colorado voters receive their November ballots, they’ll come across a new Republican proposal aiming to dilute Gov. Jared Polis’ emergency spending power. According to KUNC's Capitol reporter Scott Franz, the proposed amendment would require lawmakers to approve how such custodial funds are spent.

And as a crisis of addiction grips the United States, some recovery programs focus on "safer use" treatment methods rather than total abstinence. Colorado Health Network’s director of prevention services Matthew Fischer, and graduate intern Rebecca Mclaughlin, tell us more.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.
 
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. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

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