Colorado News Roundup: Teen boy behind Colorado medical pot law dies (08.26.16)
August 26, 2016
DENVER — A 15-year-old Colorado boy who helped bring about a law requiring schools to permit a student's use of medical marijuana has died.
The Denver Post reports that Jack Splitt's mother, Stacey Linn, says the boy struggled with cerebral palsy that caused him debilitating muscle contractions. She says the pain worsened and he died Wednesday. He had just started school at Wheat Ridge High School last week.
The teen was the inspiration for "Jack's Law," which took effect in June.
The law gives Colorado school districts the authority to write policies for how and where students can receive medical marijuana treatments on campus. If districts choose not to create such policies, parents and caregivers have no limitations on where they can administer the treatment.
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The Denver Post reports the lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday accuses city workers of seizing blankets, cellphones and other personal property during the sweeps. The complaint from members of Denver Homeless Out Loud seeks class-action status for the city's roughly 5,500 homeless residents.
The plaintiffs say Denver is forcing out homeless people from the downtown area to make way for new housing and economic development. They say homeless residents have been displaced by rising rents, but the city hasn't provided more shelter beds.
Interim Denver Attorney Cristal DeHerrera says the city hasn't yet been served with the suit, but it plans on reviewing and responding to the complaint.
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Peabody had been planning to build the Trout Creek Reservoir with a hydroelectric dam that would generate 125 kilowatts of electricity since 2012. When demand for coal began to dwindle in 2015, Peabody asked for a two-year extension in the permitting process so the company could conserve cash and reduce debt.
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Armed suspect shot, killed by Fort Collins police
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Fort Collins officials say police officers have shot and killed an armed suspect just north of the city.
The Coloradoan reports that officers responded to a domestic disturbance report Thursday and saw the suspect entering a residence illegally. The suspect exited the residence on officers' orders but then approached them while brandishing a weapon.
Officials say officers attempted to use a stun gun, but it was ineffective in stopping the suspect's advance. Officers then shot the man.
Police spokeswoman Kate Kimble says more than one officer fired on the suspect and that all involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.
The identities of the suspect and the officers involved have not been released.
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Coffman talking about women in business with Fiorina
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Coffman is talking at another business event for women next week in the Denver Tech Center. The four-term congressman is holding events as he seeks a fifth term in November.
Organizers say the Coffman and Fiorina event is by invitation only.
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