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  • Colorado's officials ponder next moves on health care after failure of Graham-Cassidy
    Posted in In the News on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    DENVER – After the latest Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act died before being brought to the floor Tuesday, Colorado’s senators and governor were quickly back to offering more solutions to fix some of the issues with the federal health care law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced at a weekly lunch with Republican leadership that he wouldn’t bring the Graham-Cassidy measure to the floor for a vote because his party was short. Pulling Graham-Cassidy means tha... Read more

  • DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’
    Posted in In the News on September 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to give them “a better future,” said Hurtado, who’s now able to work and and live without fear of deportation because of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program. DACA started under President Barack Obama in 2012 when the federal government decided t... Read more

  • Give Cancer Patients a Break on Student Loans
    Posted in In the News on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Student Loan Debt, Healthcare

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has recently drawn criticism for proposing a long list of cuts to higher education programs. Congress must mull those potentially traumatic trims while reauthorizing standard financing for students and colleges, but there’s one positive change that might sneak by in the process: the bipartisan Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act, which would let borrowers defer their student loan payments when they get a cancer diagnosis — and for six more months after their... Read more

  • Cyberinsurance is gaining steam for smaller businesses
    Posted in In the News on September 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy

    Experts may debate the necessity of cyberinsurance, but smaller businesses are starting to buy these policies, which were once limited to large companies like Equifax. But there are many important differences between large and smaller companies when it comes to cyberinsurance needs. Large corporations are more likely to be targeted in hacks, buy coverage directly from insurers, and have their own legal, public relations, and technology expertise. Smaller companies are becoming cyberinsurance buy... Read more

  • The Trump administration has yet to fill some crucial federal posts for Colorado, the region
    Posted in In the News on September 17, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs

    Eight months into the Trump administration, a slate of top federal jobs in Colorado and the West remains unfilled — a hiring delay that touches everything from the environment to criminal justice and one which local leaders and activists said hampers their ability to work with the White House. Full-time administrators have yet to be installed in the Colorado regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development a... Read more

  • New Effort to Honor Khmer Krom Fighters Allied With US in Vietnam War
    Posted in In the News on September 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    WASHINGTON — Fifty years ago, U.S. Army Captain Steve Yedinak returned home from Vietnam believing that he had led covert operations that contributed significantly to the U.S. efforts to counter communist infiltration from the North into South Vietnam. Yedinak, now 77, left behind more than 200 local troops who had fought alongside U.S. forces. Ethnic Cambodians living in South Vietnam, the Khmer Krom of Task Force 957, Mobile Guerrilla Force (MGF), were “fun to be with,” he recalls, “and they w... Read more

  • Support builds for Bridenstine to lead NASA despite past skepticism on climate change
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    If confirmed, Jim Bridenstine would be the first NASA administrator in the post-Apollo era who wasn’t yet born when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. He’s a politician and a Navy aviator, not a rocket scientist, whose credentials have already been criticized by two prominent Florida senators. And the congressman's comments expressing skepticism about the role humans have played in climate change have sparked controversy. But in the days since President Trump announced that Bridenstine was his p... Read more

  • Lawmakers eye private moon missions
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    A House panel on Thursday met to discuss ways to boost private missions to the moon. Lawmakers from both parties on the House Science Subcommittee on Space expressed support for private lunar expeditions but raised concerns about property rights and the role of NASA. Representatives from private space companies Blue Origin LLC, Moon Express Inc. and Astrobotic testified about their plans. “It’s time for America to return to the moon — this time to stay,” said Bretton Alexander of Blue Origin in ... Read more

  • 4 Things You Need to Know About DACA in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    On Tuesday morning, Ana Rodriguez, a social worker and community organizer with the Colorado People’s Alliance, was working with students at Emily Griffith High School in downtown Denver when she heard that the Trump administration had officially decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rodriguez, 27, immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 4, grew up in Houston, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston. She is also... Read more

  • As Trump re-thinks DACA, here’s how some in Colorado’s delegation are trying to protect the Dream
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    As with many aspects of following Donald Trump’s plans and decisions, when it comes to official U.S. policy toward young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents, whiplash is expected. It was only June when the president’s administration said it would keep a program that protects roughly 800,000 young immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation. But now news comes that Trump could unwind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which could affect about 30,000 im... Read more

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