Local Newscast for August 31st

Aug 31, 2016

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

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15-year old Jack Splitt, the teen who helped change medical marijuana law in Colorado, has died. Crippled by debilitating pain from cerebral palsy, Jack insisted on attending school and his mother and doctors insisted treatment in the form of THC patches and tinctures helped make that possible. He won over lawmakers and the Governor. The legislature passed Jack’s Law, which requires schools to allow parents or approved providers to administer cannabis medicine to children with prescriptions while on campus. Jack started high school in Wheat Ridge last week, but succumbed to the pain Wednesday.

 

The state Health Department is launching a new seven million dollar campaign to help adults talk to kids about recreational marijuana use. Dana Cronin from KRCC Colorado Springs reports.

 

FEATURE: Solar Energy International executive director Kathy Swartz talks about their training program called Solar Ready Colorado with Gavin Dahl.

 

PLUS: Thousands are turning out to support a protest against an oil pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. Local women are heading there Thursday with a carload of fresh, local produce and water. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.