Residents and workers in US coal country hope for change when Donald Trump takes office

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The Clean Power Plan is meant to move the nation away from burning coal, adding to air pollution and greenhouse gases. His supporters hope Trump will overturn the regulation. But then there's the shrinking demand for coal, in a market with cheap natural gas.

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How safe is super-concentrated marijuana?

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Now legal in eight states, there are unanswered questions about the impact of recreational marijuana on public health. To maximize potency, pot can be purified for maximum THC, its psychoactive ingredient. But a lack of research and restrictions on these very high concentrations is raising concerns.

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Colorado to add 63,000 jobs in 2017, housing prices will keep going up

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Economic forecast from University of Colorado researchers anticipates rise in both housing and consumer prices in 2017, but wages aren’t expected to keep up.

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Federal judge denies "political stunt" by Colorado electors

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If the challenge by two Colorado electors had been successful, similar laws in more than two dozen other states might also have been overturned, freeing electors to "vote their conscience."

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More than $1 billion of marijuana sold in Colorado in 2016

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It's always 4/20 somewhere — at least in Colorado. The state's marijuana shops have reached a massive new milestone: $1 billion in legal, regulated sales in the first 10 months of 2016.

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Suicide in Colorado: Reversing Silence and Stigma

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Insight explores Colorado’s high suicide rate with a powerful story of a teen-aged brother and sister, and a near-tragic event that changed their view of life.

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Hydroponics: Are plants considered organic if they're not grown in soil?

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates the USDA certified organic label, is considering whether it should continue to certify hydroponic operations.

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With protest suspended, what happens next with the Dakota Access pipeline?

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The decision from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-evaluate the route of the pipeline puts completion on hold. Pipeline proponents are hopeful Donald Trump will reverse the Corps’ decision.

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Background: Denver attorney who works on tribal issues talks about treaties and sacred sites

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“It would be akin to the Sistine Chapel, running some kind of infrastructure through it, a pipeline, or a road. That’s what we’re talking about in terms of the emotions involved.”

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With credit cards in heavy holiday use, which Colorado residents are in best shape with debt?

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Latest calculations show Colorado in step with nationwide average, according to financial researchers.

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Protesters celebrate Dakota Pipeline decision from Army Corps of Engineers

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The Corps of Engineers says the route of the pipeline must be re-examined. But supporters of the pipeline suggested the fight for continued construction may not be over.

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Midwest producers hope hard cider will bring fame and fortune

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One Nebraska vineyard started producing hard apple cider after a shaky grape season. Today, it outpaces their wine production.

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Colorado school districts adjust to voter decisions about funding

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Jeffco is working on updating plans following the failure of the district’s two tax requests — the bond and a smaller tax increase known as a mill levy override.

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Insects attack food waste and complete a missing link in the food chain

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Recycling food waste back into the system and keeping it out of landfills could address more than one issue in sustainability.

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Taxpayers spending millions on homeless arrests

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During a recent span of five years, taxpayers spent nearly half a million dollars on jail and court costs on Denver’s ten most arrested people, all of whom were homeless or transient.

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