'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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New Targeted Treatments Extend the Lives of Patients with Deadly Cancers

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The odds of surviving stage four lung cancer are disheartening. Nationwide, fewer than three percent of those diagnosed will live five years. But the numbers don’t tell the full story.

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DU Launches Study on How Wage Theft Occurs in Construction Industry

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University of Denver researchers expect to interview approximately 75 day-laborers in a new study to determine how wage theft occurs in Colorado’s construction industry. A Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis found that construction work was the largest source of illegally withheld wages.

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Issue of Employer Wage Theft Rarely Makes it to State’s Criminal Courts

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Christy Lodwick, who has a history of opening spas or other health related businesses that then fail, recently was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus probation and restitution for three felonies. But her former employees, who claim tens of thousands of dollars in stolen wages, received nothing.

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Two Former Bradley Employees Receive Long Overdue Back Wages

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Two former employees of Bradley Petroleum finally received their final paychecks plus interest after an I-News investigation into the company’s decades-long history of tangling with labor authorities over wage issues.

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Spa Schemes Illustrate Impotency of State Law in Recovering Stolen Wages

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A court investigation into spa operator Christy Lodwick shows dozens of civil cases and 35 judgments against her, including claims for non-payment of debts, fraud and failure to pay wages. She was convicted of criminal charges in Douglas County, but her former employees will not be receiving their stolen wages.

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