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Although the state's health department released confidential hospital documents inadvertently in response to an open records request, Colorado's Supreme Court justices appeared hesitant on Wednesday to overturn a Denver judge's order that prevented the facility from blocking former patients from using them in a lawsuit.

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During a presentation Wednesday to the City Council’s Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee, Denver Police Paul Pazen gave a presentation about the DPD’s response to the protests that erupted last spring against police brutality against people of color after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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FEC (Faith, Education and Commerce) United and United American Defense Force issued a joint statement Wednesday morning to "stand tall to ensure we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture" and told members not to "stoop down to the leftist’s level of chaos and anarchy."

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Economic impact studies have shown the Stock Show generates some $120 million of economic activity to the metro Denver area. City of Denver finance officials could not estimate lost tax revenue from the lack of this year's show, as January sales tax figures are not compiled and released until March.

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Denver’s shelter capacity was sliced by 56%, or about 1,200 beds, because of social distancing requirements related to the pandemic, according to Britta Fisher, executive director of Denver’s Department of Housing Stability. To create more space, city officials stood up two emergency homeless shelters last year at the National Western Complex and the nearby Denver Coliseum and also secured more than 800 hotel rooms for people without housing who were affected by or at risk of catching the coronavirus.

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The 120-day session is expected to adjourn quickly and return once the COVID-19 crisis abates, leaving the wreckage of the state budget. But many of its economic problems remain the same, the outline from Colorado Rising State Action indicates, including tax policy, government overreach, health care, education, energy and transportation.

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"In the spirit of healing and fidelity to our Constitution, we ask that you formally request that Speaker Nancy Pelosi discontinue her efforts to impeach President Donald J. Trump a second time," states a letter signed by Rep. Ken Buck, who doubles as the chair of Colorado Republican Party.

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Joey Bunch: "Colorado Democrats have their own problems, including a splintering party. Last year, a handful of qualified women of color were in the primary for U.S. Senate. None got traction, and ultimately the party oversaw the race as it dwindled down to two white guys."

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 "With the activities around the country and approximately 700 individuals downtown who have gathered at the State Capitol, out of an abundance of caution, I have instructed city agencies to close municipal buildings early. My hope is that this situation will be resolved quickly. Pray for our nation," said Mayor Hancock.

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The Regional Transportation District swore in eight new and returning members to its board of directors on Tuesday night, while also selecting its executive officers.

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“Basically what we need to do is ensure there is a level of confidence. Because one thing I can say with certainty is that there has not been any notable reports I know of where mass transit was deemed as a super-spreader,” said Debra Johnson on “They Went Thataway,” a podcast sponsored by the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

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State Rep. Alex Valdez of Denver, caucus co-chair, said the 2021 agenda  will focus on policy issues to address the effects of the pandemic, which have disproportionately affected communities of color, including Latinos.

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All five branches were closed by the city on Nov. 23 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases; however, the city has now moved to reopen the branches due to “hospitalizations and positivity rates stabilizing or declining.”

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The OIM serves as a watchdog for Denver’s law enforcement agencies, and in December the office released a report detailing shortcomings in the Denver Police Department’s early responses to protests of police violence in May and June.

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"Denver was awarded a Silver Medal for the 2nd time by CityHealth for policies around indoor air quality, navigable streets, safer alcohol sales, curbing tobacco use, access to healthy food & more," the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment said.

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“This could be an excellent model for other cities that still have breed-restrictive legislation on the books,” Denver Councilman Chris Herndon, who spearheaded 2J, said Wednesday at the Denver Animal Shelter, where staff were giving reporters a run-through of the pit bull assessment process. 

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Under Denver County’s Level Red COVID-19 restrictions, indoor dining is closed and last call for alcohol sales is now 8 p.m. By 10 p.m., patrons must leave restaurants completely, hours before the ball even drops.