Colorado's child poverty, in 12 charts and maps

Audio: Colorado Children's Campaign's Sarah Hughes talks with Ryan Warner

The annual Kids Count report from the Colorado Children's Campaign sifts through data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the state government, and other sources. We've distilled some of the findings.

How parents are using texts to improve their kids' brains

Audio: Katharine Brenton of Bright by Three speaks with host Ryan Warner

Text messages like this one aim to help parents give their kids an edge in development.

(Photo: CPR/Staff)

Kimberly Ralph likes to play games with her 16-month-old son. It's a way to bond with him, but she also knows it helps with his development.  And she gets tips on her phone.

Violating an international chemical weapons treaty

Audio: David Koplow speaks with Ryan Warner

Workers at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot place a bottle containing mustard agent into a system that will destroy the agent.

 

(Courtesy of Pueblo Chemical Stockpile Outreach Office)

For the past three years, the United States has been in violation of an international treaty banning chemical weapons. The country is about 90 percent of the way toward eliminating its stockpiles, but weapons cashes in Colorado and Kentucky remain.

The Tattered Cover's owner picks her successors

Audio: CPR's Pat Mack speaks with Tattered Cover owner Joyce Meskis

Browsing at the downtown Tattered Cover book Store in Denver. It's a celebrated independent bookstore. 

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski/File 2012)

Joyce Meskis, who is 73 years old, has helmed the iconic Denver bookseller through all that tumult as well as the Great Recession. Now she's decided to put a retirement plan into action.

Students are 'more than a score,' protesters say 

Teacher rally in support of legislation that would reduce student testing earlier in the 2015 Colorado legislative session.

(Jenny Brundin/CPR News)

Hundreds of thousands of Colorado students are taking new online tests in English and math this month called PARCC, and not everyone is happy about that.

Andrea Modica's 'Human Being' skeleton photos 

Audio: Photographer Andrea Modica speaks with Chloe Veltman

Andrea Modica, "Human Being." Denver Art Museum: A. E. Manley Photography Collection, 2014.242

(Photo: Courtesy of Andrea Modica/Denver Art Museum)

The photographer will never forget a headline she read in the newspaper in the 1990s:  "Hundreds of Skeletons Found at State Hospital."  Thus, a project was born, along with a Colorado exhibit.

What happens when old hospitals die? 

Audio: CPR's John Daley reports on the old St. Joseph Hospital

The old St. Joseph Hospital complex, consisting of six buildings and nearly 800,000 square feet of space, will be demolished by the summer of 2016.

(John Daley/CPR News)

Hospital construction nationwide and in Colorado is booming, and ollder hospitals face a decision to either spruce up or move out.  St. Joseph in Denver did the latter.

Next year's multi-mountain ski passes cost

(Nathaniel Minor/CPR News | AP Photo)

Colorado skiers, you've probably noticed a decline in the quality on your favorite mountain lately. The end of the season is nigh. So let's set our sights on next year! Check out this handy chart.

Willie Nelson eyes opening retail weed shops in Colorado

Willie Nelson performs in March 2015 at a Texas concert.

Fans of the Outlaw Country icon are buzzing with the news that he has plans to launch his own brand of  marijuana -- Willie's Reserve -- along with paraphernalia, and retail stores. More here, including some video.

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Almost all RNs are women, but men are paid more: Even after controlling for age, race, marital status and children in the home, males in nursing out-earned females by nearly $7,700 per year in outpatient settings and nearly $3,900 in hospitals. More here.

Church of Scientology calls new HBO documentary 'bigoted': "Going Clear," directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, will debut Sunday over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.

A top weedkiller could cause cancer: A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks, which are mainly to farmers, not consumers, remain uncertain.

Student digital privacy concerns: A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. It has bipartisan sponsorship from Democratic Rep. Jared S. Polis of Colorado and Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana.

Can heavy drinkers really learn to cut back? The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think -- one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the CDC. New strategies are aimed at helping heavy drinkers reduce their intake.

These wonderful, pointy Mexican boots are now a designer item: The boots first appeared in the rural town of Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Next thing you know,  the boots surfaced in Paris in 2014 at the Comme Des Garcons fashion show.