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We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Wildlife depend on unobstructed access to wetlands and large swaths of wild spaces for breeding and migration across mountain areas between seasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Saturday, a group of volunteers is heading into a wilderness area south of Bailey to check on restoration work done last year on a former playground for off-road vehicles. Lee Patton, a renowned author of books set in the great outdoors, is leading the hike. He says in addition t

Community gardens at Colorado health centers are filling a critical need in areas considered food deserts. (Pixabay)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Children in Fort Collins on Thursday are bringing their harvest of fresh vegetables to a farmer's market at Salud Family Health Centers' east location. It's part of a statewide effort by community health centers to incorporate gardening as a way to improve mental and ph

Black women with advanced degrees earn less than white men with only a bachelorís degree. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Black women have to work seven months into 2017 to be paid the same amount of money white men took home in 2016, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. Valerie Wilson, director of the institute, notes black women face both racial and gender pay gaps, and says be

Children, seniors and people with disabilities receive almost 70 percent of SNAP benefits. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The Trump administration's tax proposals would not benefit all taxpayers or states equally, according to new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. Matt Gardner, a senior fellow with the institute, says the richest 1 percent of taxpayers would receive more than

Experts recommend adding colorful foods, such as blueberries and carrots, which are high in nutrition and rich in antioxidants, to daily diets for better health. (Pixabay)

GLENWOOD Springs, Colo. -- As the nation's lawmakers continue to grapple with rising health costs and coverage options, Colorado's Mountain Family Health Centers are promoting a common sense preventive approach to good health: eating better food more frequently. Family Nurse Practitioner Jenny Lan

Colorado welcomes more than 7  million visitors a year to federally protected lands, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, who inject nearly $500 million into local economies. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Public lands draw millions of visitors to Colorado who support local jobs and boost revenues, according to a new report by Democratic members of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Each year the outdoor recreation industry adds more than $28 billion in consumer spending in C

Colorado law prohibits officials from releasing private information to any entity, including the last four digits of a Social Security number, the full date of birth, and how someone voted. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The commission investigating President Donald Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud is on hold, due to a legal petition by a privacy watchdog group, and Colorado officials are encouraging residents not to drop off of voter rolls. Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert says Col

More than 80 percent of Coloradans age 50 and older oppose cuts to Medicaid, and insurance companies charging people who have pre-existing medical conditions. (Getty Images)

DENVER – With the U.S. Senate back at work this week on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, advocates for older Coloradans on Wednesday are set to deliver more than 5,200 petitions to Sen. Cory Gardner's office in Denver, urging him to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Ac

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