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Gun Deaths by County

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

Residents in Boulder County had one of the lowest death rates from guns among the state’s most populous counties during the 12 years between the Columbine High School and Aurora theater massacres.

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Table: Income eligibility limits and children served

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

View a table of all 64 counties listing income eligibility limits and number of children served in 2012.

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Gun deaths: Suicide rate quadruple homicide rate

Last Updated by RMPBS News Staff on

During the 12-year span between the mass shootings at Columbine and Aurora, Coloradans used guns to kill themselves about four times more frequently than they used them to kill each other, an I-News analysis of death certificates found.

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Single-parent family major factor in widening disparities

Last Updated by Ann Carnahan Espinola on

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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Disappearing pathway to middle class

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard on

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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Health gains for African Americans and Latinos lag far behind whites

Last Updated by Kevin Vaughan on

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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Social progress from civil rights movement lost

Last Updated by Burt Hubbard, Ann Carnahan Espinola on

By some of the most important measures of social progress, black and Latino residents of Colorado have lost ground compared to white residents in the decades since the civil rights movement.

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Teens using marijuana face higher risk of addiction, changes to brain

Last Updated by Katie Kerwin McCrimmon on

He’s 16 but his baby face makes him look a little older than 10, his age when he first tried marijuana.

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Under Siege: Marijuana and Colorado Schools

Last Updated by Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, Nancy Mitchell on

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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Treatment for rare condition forces teen from school

Last Updated by Katie Kerwin McCrimmon on

An attack seizes Chaz Moore’s body, stealing much of his breath. Spasms in his throat, lungs and diaphragm cause the 17-year-old to speak in hiccups, one syllable at a time.

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