It's that time again, Lookout readers — the first day of a full week of Lookouts in your inbox. The weekend weather I experienced was even nicer than I saw predicted, and I hope yours was just as nice.
Got my Jeep back after a faulty throwout bearing and a few other things were repaired and bought a new guitar (so I can give Dad back the one I've been borrowing). Katy and I made some Philly cheesesteak bowls inspired by this recipe and a tasty pot roast, and spent some time in a hot tub. How was your weekend?
Today marks the 567th birthday of the brilliant Leonardo Da Vinci. I don't know about you, but his name was the first suggestion when I typed "leo" into Google — not what I expected, but reassuring nonetheless.
Go ahead and take a minute to look at Da Vinci's notebooks at that link, but don't get lost a half-millennium ago — we've got current news right here.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- The Colorado House has tentatively approved a bill that would put a question on the November ballot asking voters if the state can keep excess tax revenue for schools and roads rather than refunding it under TABOR. (HB19-1257)
- The House also has advanced a bill to give $12 million in grants to nonprofits for educating residents on the 2020 U.S. Census. Lawmakers are concerned some might not be counted because it will be conducted largely online. (HB19-1239)
- Colorado's U.S. Senate race next year promises to be a contribution record-breaker, with campaigns already having raised several million dollars a year and a half before the vote.
- A bill that would allow Colorado cities to create their own rent control measures will get its first hearing before a state Senate committee today. (SB19-225)
The Big Stuff
Presumptive new CU president has spotless job reviews, but his past voting record concerns some
Students in the commons at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., October 2005. (Ed Andrieski/AP)
Mark Kennedy has been named as the sole finalist for the job of replacing Bruce Benson as president of the University of Colorado. While his performance record at the University of North Dakota is spotless and impressive, students and faculty at CU are pushing back against Kennedy's stances and voting record as a Minnesota congressman years ago.
On the surface of Mars? Nope, these students are testing robots at Great Sand Dunes National Park
A robot navigates a course at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium's Robotics Challenge at Great Sand Dunes National Park, April 13, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
In the 1970s, NASA scientists tested the Viking Mars landers in the Great Sand Dunes, thinking it would be a good stand-in for the Martian surface. Now the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, a NASA-funded organization that supports giving college students chances to work on space-ish projects, heads back each year for the Colorado Robotics Challenge (and we've got more pictures).
More CPR News
- With less than three weeks left in the legislative session, the clock is ticking on efforts to reform how the state Capitol handles workplace harassment — efforts that are only just now gaining some traction.
- A bill in the statehouse aims to train teachers to better help struggling readers, but dyslexia advocates say the overhaul doesn't go far enough — since the original READ Act, five years ago, the number of kids with significant reading deficiencies has actually gone up slightly.
- The neighborhood-owned and -run Westwood Food Cooperative is back after a 2 1/2-month hiatus, now with a bigger space, more products and more hours each week to serve its food desert community. — Denverite
- It's not a date — it's theater: The latest immersive experiment from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, "Between Us," is a series of personalized, one-on-one experiences.
- Colorado's red flag gun bill became law on Friday when Gov. Jared Polis signed it. As we reported last week, though, the fight continues for many in the opposition.
- Colorado is about as landlocked as it gets, and "fresh" seafood has long been thought of as a joke here. Niceland Seafood is upping the ante with the latest technology and sustainable practices, though, a chef who uses their products tells Colorado Matters.
- Chevron will expand its operations in the Permian Basin by acquiring Anadarko Petroleum — the largest oil and gas producer in Colorado.
- Investigations have repeatedly found lax medical and mental health treatment of ICE detainees at privately run facilities.
- The first systems that use artificial intelligence to help diagnose some patients' conditions are already appearing at U.S. clinics. But how do we know we can trust them?
- Democrats have been urging President Trump to release his tax documents since before he won the job, but in a grab for superiority through transparency, only three of the current Democratic presidential candidates have released their own taxes.
- President Trump on Friday said he was considering sending detained immigrants in the country illegally to "sanctuary cities" in retaliation for the cities' relaxed enforcement policies. Analysis indicates that such action could be doing the migrants a favor.
Worth a Read
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