Welcome to your Wednesday, Looker-Outers. I hope you're starting to feel a bit less wet as this late-season storm starts to work its way out of our state (which looks like it will still take a couple of days).
I'm sure plenty of us are just as excited for anyone to win in next month's Denver runoff election and for it all be over as we would be for our candidate of choice to be victorious. And then things like what happened this month in Denver can feel like a big bait-and-switch because plenty of races are still unsettled. Fortunately, come June 4, they will be — and Denverite's got you all set with this solid guide to the issues you can't wait to see decided, once-and-for-all.
A few of you might've gotten a voicemail from me yesterday. We've been working to call all our Evergreen supporters this week to thank them and I spent a chunk of my day dialing numbers. For anyone I didn't leave a rambling message for (there's a reason I'm a writer and not a speaker), please know how truly appreciated your support is, and that it all goes directly to help CPR's efforts to keep Coloradans informed and entertained. And if you're not a CPR donor, we'd love to have you in our member community.
Okay, let's do that news thing!
Note: We misspelled STEM School salutatorian Rooya Rahin's name online and in The Lookout yesterday. We have corrected it and regret the error.
Top of the Hour
Bite-sized updates from today's radio newscasts:
- A man who killed a Colorado state trooper in 1992 has been resentenced — to 46 years — after a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders, the Summit Daily reports.
- An equal pay measure that would allow lawsuits for gender-based pay discrimination is expected to be signed into law by Governor Jared Polis later today. (SB19-085)
- Xcel Energy has asked state regulators for the first time in five years if it can raise rates on residential and small business customers. The typical monthly bill would go up about 6.5 percent according to the Denver Business Journal.
The Big Stuff
Prosecutors say the driver accused in a fatal truck crash on I-70 last month tried to flee and should be monitored
Authorities survey the scene of a fiery crash on I-70 near Colorado Mills Parkway that shut down the highway in both directions on Friday, April 26, 2019. (Peter Banda/AP)
It was only after a judge set a $400,000 bond for a truck driver accused of causing a fiery pileup that killed four people on I-70 near Golden that prosecutors learned the driver had attempted to flee the scene. In a Monday filing, they asked the judge to require the now-released driver to wear a GPS monitor.
More CPR News
- For Terry Swanson, who raises dryland crops and cattle on 20,000 acres of normally dry Southeastern Colorado, the escalating trade dispute with China hasn't dampened his support for President Donald Trump.
- Former Gov. John Hickenlooper made his first major foreign policy speech as a presidential candidate on Monday, taking a stand against authoritarianism and tariff wars. Colorado Matters asked Hickenlooper for more details.
- Colorado oil and gas regulators have now held their first regular meeting since a new law rearranged their priorities. Between that, calls for drilling holds and a permit backlog, their plates are rather full.
- Colorado Republican Party CEO Steve House sat down with Colorado Matters to discuss Gov. Jared Polis, the party's recall efforts, and how the GOP should rebuild after 2018's losses.
- A handful of races in Denver's municipal election this month wound up without clear majority winners. Here's what you need to know for the June 4 runoff election. — Denverite
- Folks in rural areas face challenges getting to health care — it's often an hour or more away — and when they do get to it, the high turnover often means they're often seeing a doctor for the first time.
- Nevada could soon join Colorado and the other states of the National Popular Vote compact that would pledge states' electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote once the compact reaches a majority.
- A holdover from the recession when workers had virtually no bargaining power, two-tiered wages are now coming under fire for more than just inequity.
- The U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but has such a question ever been asked before?
- Originally dedicated to U.S. soldiers who died in World War I, the addition of a corporate sponsor's name to Los Angeles' 96-year-old Memorial Stadium rankles some veterans.
Worth a Read
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