Greg Bailey, the father of De’Von Bailey

Greg Bailey, the father of De’Von Bailey, wears a shirt with a photograph of his son and the phrase “My son, My Beginning” on the front while he spoke in front of a crowd of supporters at Colorado Springs City Hall on Aug. 22. 


FBI reviewing police shooting of black teen

The FBI says it's reviewing the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in Colorado Springs to determine whether it involved a civil rights violation.

The FBI is looking into the Aug. 3 shooting of 19-year-old De'Von Bailey. Bailey was shot in the back and elbow while running from two Colorado Springs officers.

Police body camera footage shows officers talking to Bailey and another man about an armed robbery reported nearby. Bailey runs as he is about to be searched. An officer can be heard yelling "hands up!" three times before firing.

Officers say they found a gun in Bailey's pants.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigated and turned over its evidence to the district attorney. Prosecutors haven't announced the results of their review.



Study: Colorado leads in religious discrimination complaints

A U.S. human resources company has reported Colorado leads the nation in complaints based on religious discrimination.

For every 100,000 people, Colorado ranks first in religious discrimination complaints averaging 1.1 and ranks second in national origin complaints averaging 3.1.

Company officials say Colorado averages 33.5 discrimination complaints overall, around the nation's average, but saw a decrease in complaints based on age, religion and color or race.

The New York-based company Paychex studied about 917,000 discrimination complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission between 2009 and 2018.

The study includes types of discrimination based on physical traits, appearance and pay gaps, but not discrimination based on public accommodation, gender identity or sexual orientation, a separate category in Colorado law since 2008 for LGBTQ complaints.



Centura Health says clarity is needed on assisted suicide law

A Christian-affiliated health system in a court fight over Colorado's assisted suicide law says the state can't stop religious organization from disciplining employees who encourage the option in violation of its beliefs.

In a federal court filing, Centennial-based Centura Health argues in part that the U.S. Constitution's religious freedom protections trumps the state law's protections for doctors who both chose to or decide against prescribing lethal drugs to hasten the death of patients.

"We're only asking them for asking clarity around how the law works for those who chose to opt out," Centura CEO Peter Banko said.

Centura operates several Colorado hospitals, including St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Porter Adventist in  Denver, Littleton Adventist and Penrose in Colorado Springs.

The legal dispute started last month after Neil Mahoney, a terminally ill man, told his Centura doctor, Barbara Morris, that he wanted to get the drugs allowed under the law passed by voters in 2016. Morris wanted to help him do so but did not because of Centura's policy against it.

Instead, they filed a lawsuit in state court asking a judge to decide whether she could help him because Centura's policy allegedly violated state law. She was fired days later.

Centura, which was formed by Catholic and Seventh-day Adventist health care ministries, moved the case to federal court. Lawyers for Mahoney and Morris are trying to get it moved back to state court. At their request, a judge granted their request for a quick decision because of Mahoney's health.



School district says manhunt may have hurt ratings

Officials in a Colorado school district say a police manhunt may have lowered the ratings of two high schools by reducing participation in state tests.

Jefferson County Public Schools closed April 17 during a manhunt for a Florida woman obsessed with the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

Arvada High School and Jefferson Junior/Senior High School were among the schools in the county west of Denver that closed during statewide testing.

An official says the district may ask the state to reconsider its assessment of the schools, which received low ratings in preliminary data released in August.

Officials say schools can drop a level in Colorado's rating system if there is less than 95% student participation in any two tests used by the state.



Daughters challenge Pat Bowlen's trust, risk inheritance

Pat Bowlen's two oldest daughters have put themselves at risk of being disinherited by challenging their father's trust, which is in charge of selecting the next controlling owner of the Denver Broncos, a franchise valued at more than $2.5 billion.

Beth Wallace and Amie Klemmer filed a lawsuit Sept. 13 challenging the validity of the trust, which includes a no-contest clause, on the grounds that their father lacked the mental capacity and was under undue influence when he signed his estate planning documents a decade ago.

Dan Reilly, a lawyer for the Pat Bowlen Trust, called the lawsuit frivolous, saying it was the "latest effort in their public campaign to circumvent Pat Bowlen's wishes."

Pat Bowlen died in June at age 75 after a long battle with Alzheimer's, two months before his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



Trailer with $100K in fossils reported stolen

A trailer containing fossils worth more than $100,000 has been reported stolen from a Colorado parking lot.

The sliver-toned trailer was taken from the Crowne Plaza Convention Center and Hotel lot in Aurora.

Officials say the 20-foot-long trailer contains 13 fossils including at least four valued at more than $10,000 each.

Officials say the items belonging to fossil and mineral supply company GeoDecor Inc. include a 92-million-year-old fossil shark specimen valued at $50,000.

The fossilized skull of a giant predatory fish from Kansas is valued at $20,000, while a fossil garfish is valued at $18,000.

A stingray and fish fossilized in limestone from Wyoming is believed to be 51 million years old.

Details of the stolen items have been circulated to fossil dealers.



Fall enrollment down at UCCS for first time in years

After 12 consecutive years of record-setting student growth, lower-than-expected enrollment at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs means the school will use emergency funds to offset decreased revenue, the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents were told at a meeting Sept. 13 at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

As of mid September, UCCS had 12,270 students, down from 12,574 in the fall of 2018.

UCCS also will not allocate mid-year incremental budget increases for part-time and student faculty, staff promotions and hourly personnel, campus officials said.

The number of transfer students has declined 20% since the fall of 2018. First-time student enrollment dropped 4.5% from one year ago for a total of 1,936 new freshmen. And student credit hours have decreased 3.7% compared to budget projections.

On the plus side, international enrollment is at 200 students, a 1.5% bump over last year, and credit hours for upper-level courses have increased by 4% over last school year.

Of the four CU campuses, only Boulder has more students this year than last, in preliminary figures.



Comcast announces closure of call center

Comcast has announced it is expected to close a Colorado call center two years after opening the $10 million office.

The company notified the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce of the Dec. 14 closure after the city launched its own broadband service.

Comcast says the move has nothing to do with the city's broadband Connexion service announced in August, but that the company is evolving to meet customers' needs.

Comcast says its 237 employees have the option to apply for other jobs within the company or work from home, but should notify the company by Sept. 21.

Officials say Comcast would have received an $8.1 million incentive package if more than 600 jobs were created, but it never reached that number.


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