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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way nonprofits delivering in-home early-childhood development programs connect with families. As the deadline for the 2020 census draws nearer, Heather Tritten, executive director at Parent Possible, said her group's home visitors are reaching out to families by phone to remind them that participating in the census is safe and critical for funding programs children younger than 5 years old depend on.

DENVER -- A coalition of 135 Colorado organizations is urging state lawmakers to use all tools in their toolbox to blunt the most serious economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Community Health Centers Go Mobile to Serve Homeless

May 14, 2020
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Colorado's community health centers are getting creative and going mobile to serve homeless communities during the coronavirus pandemic. From the Colorado News Connection, Eric Galatas has more.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife recently released its 2020 Status Report on big-game winter range and migration corridors.  Eric Galatas has more.

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the U.S. economy into a medically induced coma, 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment insurance, including more than 350,000 in Colorado.

A new report documents how the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's tilt toward extraction on public lands threatens wildlife and western sporting traditions.

An estimated 3.5 million Americans lost their employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks due to job losses connected to the coronavirus crisis, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Coloradans Get Up to Speed on COVID-19 Scams

Apr 8, 2020
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DENVER -- Using federal coronavirus stimulus checks as bait, criminals are finding new ways to separate Coloradans from their money. Eric Galatas has more.

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Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser has promised to challenge in court the Trump administration's rollback of Obama-era clean car standards after revised rules were announced this week.

Census 2020: Risk of Undercount in Rural Colorado

Apr 1, 2020
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The census is supposed to be a complete count of everyone in the country, but people always are missed, and rural residents tend to be undercounted more frequently than others.

Colorado's community health centers have done a complete refiguring of their health delivery models in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and are set to take an enormous hit in their ability to continue to provide care if Congress doesn't approve critical funding.

Avoiding Scammers Posing as Census Workers

Mar 17, 2020

Imposter scams continue to target older Americans, and with the upcoming 2020 Census, many Colorado residents could be receiving phony census contacts fishing for personal information that can result in fraud or identity theft.

Craft Brewers to Urge Gardner to Advance CORE Act

Mar 11, 2020
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DENVER -- Leaders from Colorado's multi-billion-dollar craft beverage industry delivered a letter this week urging U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to co-sponsor the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy - or CORE - Act, designed in part to protect watersheds.

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The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, but immigrant rights advocates say the controversy has created a chilling effect that could lead to an undercount.

DENVER -- Getting an accurate count in the upcoming 2020 Census could be a big factor in determining whether federally funded agencies can provide the same services other Americans rely on to people with a limited ability to read, write or speak English.

Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand access to telemedicine through Colorado's community health centers, which provide care for 27% of the state's Medicaid clients

Children's advocates in Colorado are working to ensure that all children are counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, even children younger than five years old and not yet in school. The once-a-decade population count, set for April 1, will determine how many federal tax dollars return to Colorado over the next 10 years.

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DENVER -- Sunday marked 25 years since wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho, and wildlife advocates are hoping Colorado voters will consider the programs' success when deciding on Initiative 107 on the November ballot.

U.S. House to Consider Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

Feb 25, 2019
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The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill, by a vote of 92 to 8, that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. All eyes now are on members of the House, who could vote on the measure this week. The fund played a role in protecting lands in Colorado, including Great Sand Dunes National Park and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. 

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Nearly half of private sector workers in Colorado, more than 750,000 people in their prime working years, do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work. The Colorado Secure Savings Plan, a measure expected to be introduced in the state legislature later this month, would allow all workers in the state to put a portion of their paychecks away for retirement. 

Report: Colorado Should Invest in Census Outreach

Feb 14, 2019

Due to a variety of factors, including a question about U.S. citizenship, many Colorado residents are at risk of not being counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, according to a new Colorado Fiscal Institute report. The report also projects that a state investment of $12 million for outreach could ensure that Colorado gets its fair share of Congressional seats and about $8 billion in federal funds.

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Today's newscast features arrests in Carbondale and lambing season in Gunnison and more from Eric Galatas and statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

Today's newscast features Colorado News Service reporter Eric Galatas on how most scientists disagree with new EPA chief's claims about climate change. Click on the headline for more.

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