PNS Daily News - April 26, 2017 

Among the stories we are featuring today: National monuments at risk under an expected executive order; the latest on negotiations to avoid a government shutdown; and attempts to overturn Citizens United ramp up.

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Industry groups topped individual contributors in Colorado's ballot battles over health care, cigarette taxes and constitutional amendments. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Coloradans for Coloradans, the group working to defeat Amendment 69 on the statewide ballot, a measure that would create a universal health-care system, raised five times more money than the initiative's proponents, according to new analysis by Clean Slate Now. Jon Biggerstaff, the

One in four people nationally has a mental health or substance-use disorder. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Two measures on the November ballot could affect how Colorado delivers behavioral and mental health care to residents across the state. Amendment 72 would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1.75 statewide to fund health programs, research and training. And Larimer County voters

For people suffering from mental health issues, stigma is a major barrier to seeking help. (Pixabay)

DENVER - For people struggling with mental health issues, stigma is a major barrier to seeking help, according to a new Iowa State University report. The research measured how 370 college students responded when given the opportunity to learn more online about mental health services. Daniel Lann

A statewide listening tour heads to Greeley Tuesday, May 24 in an effort to learn more about barriers to accessing mental health care. (Counselling/Pixabay)
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DENVER - Mental Health Colorado is bringing its statewide listening tour to Greeley on May 24 in an effort to engage more residents in breaking through the barriers of mental health care. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of the group, says more than 1 million Coloradans experience a mental-heal

A new bill to protect minors from conversion therapy cleared the Colorado House on Thursday. According to the group One Colorado, LGBT youth are six times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. (Pixabay)

DENVER - A bill that would ban mental-health professionals licensed in Colorado from engaging in so-called "conversion therapy" with a patient younger than age 18 is headed to the state Senate after clearing the House on Thursday. Laura Reinsch, political director for the group One Colorado, praise

Behavioral-health advocates are meeting with elected officials today to put a face to mental illness and substance abuse in the state. (Irais Esparza/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Mental Health America of Colorado is hosting its 23rd annual lobby day today in Denver. Andrew Romanoff, the group's president and CEO, says he personally experienced the tragic consequences of untreated mental illness when he lost a cousin to suicide at the age of 35, just over a year ag

ColoradoCare's Amendment 69 on next year's ballot promises to cover more residents than the Affordable Care Act at a lower cost to consumers. (Jeremy Campbell/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - One of the state's leading non-partisan voices has endorsed ColoradoCare, a health care plan on next year's November ballot. Barb Mattison, president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado, says the initiative would ensure all of the state's residents have access to mental health and s

PHOTO: A bill that would make driving under the influence a felony on a fourth conviction is getting bipartisan support in the state Legislature. Photo Credit: Bev Sykes/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make a fourth DUI conviction a class-4 felony. The original proposal was amended after it became apparent how costly the measure would be for taxpayers. The new version cuts costs by a $1 million in the first year, and projections for three years ou

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