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Speaking of, let's get to the news part of this newsletter.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- Calls to the anonymous reporting system Safe2Tell were up 84 percent last month from where they were in May 2018. Most calls were suicide threats.
- New research found states that expanded Medicaid as a part of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, including Colorado, have fewer heart-related deaths.
- The Pueblo Chemical Depot has stopped destroying mustard gas agent until mid-June because of liquid hazardous waste that started seeping from a storage tank last month.
- Grand Junction wrapped its first-ever "Start Up Week." About 300 people from across Western Colorado attended the kind of workshops and roundtables usually only found on the Front Range.
The Big Stuff
Jessi Warthen served as a Marine, shoveled gravel and experienced homelessness. But that didn't prepare her for teaching 30 rowdy middle schoolers
Jessi Warthen served three tours of duty as a U.S. Marine in Iraq. Now she's a student teacher at Metro State. (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Jessi Warthen has packed a lot into her 34 years. Like many veterans, she struggled to adjust to life after the military before realizing her passion was teaching history. But she says finding her way through it all will help her students one day.
More CPR News
- After a year with a record number calls to the police, the Jefferson County School District is considering tearing down the Columbine High School building 20 years after the attack.
- Unannounced inspections last year at the ICE facility in Aurora, and three others nationwide, revealed risks and violations at all the sites. At the ICE Processing Center in Aurora, problems included unlabeled food, improper segregation of detainees, no outdoor recreation spaces and no in-person visitations.
- Masterpiece Cakeshop baker Jack Phillips is facing another discrimination lawsuit, but this time, the state of Colorado isn't involved.
- The Denver election resulted in an unprecedented number of incumbent City Council members being unseated by upstart candidates. Get to know those newcomers and the rest of the council, and what they mean for the Mile High City. — Denverite
- Sen. Michael Bennet polled high enough to qualify for the first Democratic primary debates. His greatest allies were people who didn't know who he was.
- A Western Slope job center that educated and provided job training to rural youth for 50+ years will soon be taken over by a private contractor. The Forest Service job training program is closing nationwide.
- U.S. Reps. Jason Crow and Ed Perlmutter were in France to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Weather permitting, Crow may even parachute in a reenactment jump.
Worth a Read
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