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The Colorado Department of Corrections is warehousing prisoners in solitary confinement--a practice that's leading to an increase in mental illness among inmates, according to a documentary released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with ACLU attorney Rebecca Wallace about the documentary.
Click here to see the documentary on solitary confinement in Colorado.
For a link to Andrew Cohen's article on prisoner Sam Mandez in the Atlantic, click here.
Colorado voters support taxing recreational marijuana, but gave a crushing defeat to a proposed billion-dollar tax increase for public schools. What do the election results mean for school reform in the state? On this week's news brief, Bente Birkeland of Capitol Coverage breaks down Colorado's 2013 election results with a political reporter roundtable.
The cost of living in Aspen has made it difficult for the town's Post Office find and keep a Postmaster. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about his story on Aspen's postmaster problems.
This November, area voters will weigh in on Ballot Question 4B. The question asks for a tax hike that will bring in an extra 1 million annually to the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District covering decreased revenue and expected cost increases. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talked to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the community debate over the question.
Amendment 66, a ballot measure up for vote in the November elections, would raise income taxes in order to give nearly $1 billion to Colorado's public school system. KDNK's Ed Williams talks with Rocky Mountain Community Radio capitol reporter Bente Berkeland about the growing political battles over Amendment 66 in Denver.
Effects from the government shutdown are far reaching, and on this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Amy Hadden Marsh talk about Federal energy mitigation payments and how the sequester and now the government shutdown could affect Colorado and Garfield County.
The town of Basalt is in the process of moving residents out of the Pan and Fork mobile home park, hoping to finish some time next spring. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News talk about some of the recent developments in that process.
The recent historic floods have displaced countless front-range residents, affected more than 200 miles of roads and left at least 5 dead. And as floodwaters recede, questions arise about contamination and about how affected communities will rebuild. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Maeve Conran, co-director of news for KGNU, about what she's seen over the last week.
Parachute Creek received attention this spring when a hydrocarbon leak caused a spike in benzene levels in the creek. But an investigation by KDNK's Ed Williams turned up several more facilities in the area with a history of alleged clean air act violations.
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Travis Bubenik, news director for KVNF, about attitudes towards recreational marijuana in Paonia, and how the Attorney General's recent policy comments could affect town and public opinion.