Video: Police in Mountain View, Pop. 518, Wrote 3,624 Traffic Tickets in 2014

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Rocky Mountain PBS I-News, in collaboration with 9Wants to Know, analyzed 270 municipal budgets in Colorado to determine the percentage of each town or city's revenue based on traffic stops. Only 40 municipalities earned more than 4 percent of total revenue from citations.

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What Stops Intervention?

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Danielle Nordeen drives a 16-year-old Toyota Camry that doesn’t handle well on snowy mountain passes. In January, Nordeen had to make the drive from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo often enough that she developed a strategy: Find a semi with its hazard lights on and follow it closely, prompting the other drivers to direct their wrath toward the trucker rather than her.

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Drive to Level Academic Inequities in Biggest Districts Is Work in Progress

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An analysis of Colorado's largest 20 schools districts shows that progress has been made during the past decade in reducing the achievement gaps between white students and students of color, but that striking disparities remain.

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School Districts Ranked by Their Work in Reducing Academic Progress Gaps

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A Rocky Mountain PBS News analysis of a decade’s worth of educational benchmarks in the state’s 20 largest school districts shows most made at least some progress in reducing achievement gaps between white students and students of color.

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Under Siege: Marijuana and Colorado Schools

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A handful of students from Denver’s East High School recently spent a warm January lunch period huddled against a brick home two blocks from the school, passing a joint and discussing the merits of medical marijuana.

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Single-parent family major factor in widening disparities

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Angel Castro’s days teeter between determination and desperation. She is 28, impoverished, scarred from a chaotic childhood and adolescence, raising two young children alone.

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Precious Loss, a new Rocky Mountain PBS Documentary, Premieres Tonight

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Colorado has the 5th lowest overall infant mortality rate in the United States at approximately five deaths per 1,000 live births, according to data from the state Department of Public Health and Environment. But within that ranking is one of the nation’s glaring racial disparities.

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Jails, ERs bearing brunt of mental health funding decline

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They’re victims of car accidents, they’ve been shot, or they threatened their parents. They have overdosed on cocaine, swallowed too many pills or passed out drunk. On an average Friday or Saturday night, they can make up about half of the sick, injured and wounded crowding the rooms and hallways of the emergency department at Denver Health.

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Help Scarce for Those with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities

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A raised red oval, a couple of inches in diameter, sits at the top of Alex Meredith’s forehead.

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Untreated Mental Health Issues Key in Helping System’s “Frequent Flyers”

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Call them frequent flyers. Or superutilizers. Or loyal customers.

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Black Infants in Colorado Die at a Rate Three Times that of White Infants

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The infant mortality rate is one of the most closely observed indicators of the health of any community, or even of nations. It measures the number of infants who die before their first birthday for every 1,000 live births.

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Steep Costs for Mentally ill Inmates

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In unit 4C of the Pueblo County jail, any human presence draws inmates to the narrow windows of their solitary cells.

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Steep Costs for Mentally ill Inmates

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In unit 4C of the Pueblo County jail, any human presence draws inmates to the narrow windows of their solitary cells.

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Health gains for African Americans and Latinos lag far behind whites

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Lucero Barrios is Latina and a new mother – circumstances that place her squarely in a group of people affected by a shocking reality in Colorado: A Hispanic baby born in this state is 63 percent more likely than a white baby to die in the first year of life. LE and IM charts

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Disappearing pathway to middle class

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In the 1960s, the giant CF&I steel plant on the southern end of Pueblo was the economic driving engine and racial equalizer for Colorado’s southernmost major city.

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