Sex trafficking of Children in Colorado Reaches Every Corner of the State

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In every corner of Colorado, from the Front Range to the mountains to the plains, prosecutors found enough probable cause in more than five years to charge 369 people with crimes related to sex-trafficking children.

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Kids Unwittingly Trapped in Exploding Child Porn Epidemic

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There’s an exploding epidemic of child pornography in Colorado and across the nation. And parents can be completely unaware their children are at risk, a Rocky Mountain PBS investigation finds.

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No Statewide Regulations To Limit How Close Homes Can Be Built to Wells

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Colorado regulators limit how close oil and gas wells can be drilled to developments like roads, schools, and businesses. The closest that a well can come to a home, for example, is 500 feet. But there is no statewide standard for how close new homes can be built to existing wells.

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Fatal Home Explosion In Colorado Reignites Setback Debate

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A fatal home explosion in northern Colorado is prompting a lot of questions in the state about how oil and gas wells are regulated, and how close to old wells new homes should be built.

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Anadarko plans to test more frequently after equipment was “contributing factor” in deadly blast

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Who is responsible for a deadly house explosion in Firestone, CO? Rocky Mountain PBS investigates the disaster and the state regulations that have been in place for years.

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Deadly Fire Prompts New Bill

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A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire when she couldn’t escape in her wheelchair. New legislation has been introduced to improve safety standards.

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Colorado Congressman Sponsors National ‘Red Flag’ Bill the Same Week a Similar Measure Died in the State Legislature

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) announced Wednesday he is co-sponsoring national 'red flag' legislation. The Colorado legislature killed a red flag bill on Monday.

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Bipartisan Sex Trafficking Bill Stalls in Senate Committee

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A bipartisan bill aimed at increasing human trafficking training for law enforcement and schools around the state has stalled in a Colorado Senate committee. The bill failed during a 4-3 vote in the Senate Committee on Appropriations. It would have designated $69,922 to the division of criminal justice for implementation.  

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Red Flag Bill Begins Journey Through Colorado Legislature

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A Colorado legislative committee considering a bill that would implement extreme risk protection orders for mentally ill persons considered a danger to themselves or the community used the RMPBS special report, “Imminent Danger,” to explain why the bill is essential for public safety.

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Trafficking Training Bill Passes CO House of Representatives

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The Colorado House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill that would increase human trafficking training for law enforcement and other organizations that provide services to human trafficking victims.

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Host Home Bill Passes State House of Representatives

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A bill aimed at improving the safety of adults with intellectual disabilities who live in host homes has passed in Colorado’s House of Representatives. A Rocky Mountain PBS investigation found cases of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and negligence involving some Colorado host homes, including the case of Tanya Bell, who died in a 2016 fire.

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Red Flag Bill Introduced in Colorado State House

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A bill aimed at the safety of law enforcement and that of mentally ill persons with firearms was introduced in the Colorado legislature with both a House Democrat and Republican sponsor.

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Insight Podcast Featured on CPR News

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Watch the full investigation, learn more about sex trafficking in Colorado, and listen to the podcast here.

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Does Colorado Need a Red Flag Law?

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Both the sheriff who lost his deputy and the mother who lost her son in a New Year’s Eve shooting in Douglas County agree on one thing: Current Colorado law made it more difficult to avoid the tragedy.

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Parents of James Holmes Search for Answers, Work for Awareness about Mental Illness

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For six years, Bob and Arlene Holmes have been searching for answers. Why had their son, James Holmes, murdered and maimed so many people at an Aurora theater in 2012? And why had they not recognized his descent into mental illness?

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