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Victory Prep charter school refuses to reveal settlement in First Amendment lawsuit

Victory Preparatory Academy, a public charter school in Commerce City, has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by parents and students. The school is refusing to reveal precisely how much it paid, who received what amount, or any other details of the settlement, citing FERPA, a federal law that protects student academic records ...
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Colorado judge rules ICE violated federal law by withholding records

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials violated federal law by refusing to release documents about people who aren’t citizens because the agency deemed those people to be fugitives, a Colorado federal court ruled ...
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Colorado could soon expand protections for student journalists by shielding their advisers from retaliation

Colorado lawmakers this year hope to broaden First Amendment protections for the state’s student journalists by passing legislation shielding public school employees who work with them from administrative retaliation ...
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Roberts: State’s journalists gain much-needed legal firepower

There was a time, more than a decade ago and earlier, when The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and The Gazette in Colorado Springs would readily go to court to challenge a wrongful denial of public access to government records or proceedings or to force the disclosure of sealed documents ...
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You can use Colorado’s new search tool to see the oil and gas flowlines under your neighborhood

What's underground in Colorado is now being revealed through a searchable oil and gas map online ...
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Budget writer says there are dozens of undisclosed funds in Colorado state government

After former Gov. John Hickenlooper came under fire for how he spent money from a little-known account in his office, CBS4 has learned there are similar accounts throughout state government that hold millions of taxpayer dollars ...
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Access to suppressed criminal cases still a problem in Colorado despite effort to make changes

The only way the public can learn of Ford’s case and those of his co-defendants, The Denver Post has found, is by paying for the privilege. The free website run by the Colorado Judicial Branch that allows anyone to look up a pending case does not show any information about suppressed cases – not the name of the defendant, the charges they face, the court in which they must appear, or whether they were even sent to prison ...
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Colorado’s tiny fire, metro and other districts control billions of dollars with little voter input

Board members who oversee special districts in Colorado make decisions on how to spend billions of dollars in taxpayer funds. But voters didn’t have a say in the most recent elections on 90% of the 2,310 contests, according to numbers provided to The Sun by the state Department of Local Affairs ...
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Following regional trend, Loveland police quietly encrypt radio traffic

The Loveland Police Department quietly encrypted its radio traffic in October, the latest in a growing trend of law enforcement agencies in the region making their scanners inaccessible to the public ...
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Details concerning leave of Severance police chief still unknown

The details may never be known surrounding the departure of a sergeant and the unpaid suspension of a police chief just one year after they helped launch a new police department in a small Northern Colorado town ...
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