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Protests are unfolding across the country over the death of Elijah McClain at the hands of police in Aurora, Colo. Now, frustration is also building over local law enforcement’s use of force this past weekend at a vigil in Aurora honoring him — frustration that was visible at a city council meeting Tuesday night dedicated to the response. 

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside an Aurora police building Saturday to call for justice in the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police last year.

McClain's death last August has prompted a handful of small protests over the last 10 months, but his case has garnered renewed attention amid a global outcry sparked when George Floyd died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer May 25.

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The Adams County Clerk and Recorder will reprint more than 17,000 ballots after residents in Aurora discovered an error.

The ballots instruct voters to pick one candidate for an at-large city council seat. The problem is there are two seats up for election this year.

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At Aurora's Arapahoe Park Racetrack, the smell of sunscreen and roasted turkey legs is heavy in the air. It's the last day of summer, and the crowd is ready for some serious pumpkin tossing — especially after last year.

"I think we're all scarred from last year," said Brittni Ehrhart, spokesperson for the annual Punkin' Chunkin' Colorado event. She's especially happy about the weather.

Parked: Aurora Struggles To Help Renters In Mobile Home Parks

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More than a year ago, Aurora was blazing trails in how to handle the battle between mobile home park owners and helpless renters.

Now, Aurora lawmakers, like so many across the state, are struggling again with whether and how to preserve the dwindling stock of affordable housing.

An administrator at a suburban Denver high school was arrested after police said he brought a handgun to the school and threatened other staff members.

Tushar Rae was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon at a school and making violent threats, The Aurora Sentinel reported Friday.

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Dozens of young children were reunited with their parents yesterday after being separated at the border under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The government is still working to reunite many more children with their parents, some of whom are being held at a detention center in Aurora, Colorado.

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[Updated June 12, 2018, 3:25 p.m.] The cities of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge also filed a lawsuit against the nation's largest opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Endo and Mallinckrodt, in U.S. District Court in Denver on June 8.

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Boulder County and 12 other local governments want to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse, overdoses and deaths in their communities. According to the Denver Post , they plan to file a lawsuit to force the companies to pay a penalty and change their practices for marketing the drugs.

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Campfires, sing-alongs and… the undead?

It might not be the most natural pairing, but it’s the exact combination that sets zombie apocalypse camp in Aurora, Colo. apart.

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The streets of Edgewater, Colorado, aren’t paved in green, but the city’s mayor says they might as well be.

After an influx of tax revenue from five retail marijuana shops, the small community of 5,300 people just west of Denver repaved every street in town. But that’s just the start. Mayor Kris Teegardin estimates the city’s coffers will pull in $1.2 million this year, a combination of its own sales taxes on the drug’s sales, and redistributed money from state taxes. That amount makes up roughly a sixth of the city’s total annual budget.

It’s an extreme example of marijuana tax dollars at work, best seen in the city’s plans for a multi-million dollar civic center with a new police station, library and fitness center. Teegardin says marijuana tax revenue will pay for half.

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