Lake Mead Drops 12 Feet per Year as ‘Structural Deficit’ Strengthens Grip

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As drought continues in the Colorado River basin, the math is simple, according to a new report from the Colorado River Research Group. Lake Mead receives 9-million acre feet of water annually, but it loses 10.2 million. Something has to give.

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Mitchell Montessori Was a Beacon of Integration, Achievement for DPS

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After opening it's doors in 1986, when court mandated busing was still in effect in Denver Public Schools, Mitchell Montessori School became a bright shining success for integration and achievement. To some, its closure still rankles.

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DPS Gifted and Talented Program ‘Highly Skewed’ Toward Whites

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Denver Public Schools has the highest percentage of students of all races classified as gifted and talented among the 20 largest school districts in the state, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis has found, but the numbers tilt toward white students.

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Standing in the Gap Resources

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Twenty years after the end of federal court mandated busing, Denver Public Schools are re-segregated, according to "Standing in the Gap," a new four-part documentary series by Rocky Mountain PBS. Browse data and access resources.

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Segregation of Latino Students Within Denver Schools an Ongoing Concern

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Latino students in Denver Public Schools are arguably more segregated in predominantly Latino schools today than black students were in black schools during the era prior to court ordered busing.

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'Standing in the Gap' Screening Shows Re-Segregation in Denver Schools

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Latino students in Denver Public Schools are arguably more segregated today in predominantly Latino schools than black students were before federally mandated busing. A new Rocky Mountain PBS documentary series explores the issues.

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Recruiting, Retaining Minority Teachers Problematic for State School Districts

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Educators and academics say that having a teaching staff that mirrors the student body’s racial composition makes a substantial, positive difference for kids and schools alike. In DPS and other large districts, that's proving easier said than done.

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2015 Drought's Direct Costs to California Agriculture: $1.84 billion

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Although California is in the fourth year of punishing drought – with the last two years being among the hottest and driest on record a new analysis by the University of California shows surprising resilience in the state’s agricultural economy to go along with eye-popping losses.

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University Hospital, Community Efforts Make Eduardo Franco Whole Again

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Eduardo Franco Ramirez was left with a large piece of his skull missing when doctors removed it to save his life. His condition spoke to the complicated circumstances faced by undocumented immigrants needing specialized medical care.

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Lawsuits Allege Chipotle Underpaid Employees, Made Them Work ‘Off the Clock’

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Hundreds of workers in nine lawsuits in six states allege that Denver-based Chipotle cheated employees out of pay by making them work off the clock or misclassified them to avoid paying overtime. Chipotle says the suits are groundless.

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Governor Signs New Law Boosting Campus Response to Sex Assaults

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Gov. Hickenlooper has signed legislation upping the requirements for state colleges in dealing with sex assaults. The new law follows an I-News investigation last fall that showed an important medical test for victims wasn’t widely available.

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Colo. Senate Advances Bill To Strengthen Colleges’ Rape Kit Rules

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Colorado colleges and universities must designate a nearby medical facility where their students can receive Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams, under proposed legislation passed by a Senate committee Monday.

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Charity Health Care Hard to Come by for Undocumented Immigrants

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Undocumented immigrants in Colorado have it tough when it comes to accessing low-cost specialty medical care. Obtaining health insurance is difficult, and a tangle of state and federal laws and hospital policies can conspire to deny charity care.

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State Wage Theft Investigations Remain Secret, Feds Have Mobile App

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You can’t know if your favorite bar stiffs its servers, according to Colorado law. You can’t know if your future employer cheats its workers. You can’t know if your competitor underbids you by skirting labor laws. It’s all deemed secret.

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Audio: Interpretation of 100-Year-Old Law Keep State Labor Investigations Secret

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The federal Department of Labor has a mobile app that allows one to check for wage or worker safety violations on the spot. Meanwhile, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment investigates under a cloak of secrecy.

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