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It’s Jessica again — a big shoutout and thanks to Tynin Fries, one of our digital strategists, who covered for me in our last newsletter.
I’m back at work and diving in deep on our project investigating youth suicide in Colorado. As part of the project, our team is hosting a series of off-the-record community conversations around the state to talk to teens, parents and teachers. We want to hear from the community about this issue and what we should be covering.
We’re holding our next event in Colorado Springs on Thursday. Then we’ll be headed to Durango, Pueblo and Grand Junction. You can find out more here.
I teamed up with Alex Burness, who is new to the Post’s political team, to report on what happened with recommendations made by former Gov. John Hickenlooper in a 2018 executive order on vaping.
Last year, Hickenlooper encouraged state legislators to tighten regulations on vaping devices in a bid to curb teen use. But almost a year later, as Colorado is responding to a mysterious vaping-related lung disease, no action has been taken on the most ambitious recommendations: raising the age to buy tobacco products to 21 and banning flavored tobacco and vaping products.
Instead, lawmakers took smaller steps this year.
Read more here.
Anna Staver reports that Dr. Warren Hern in Boulder is one of a handful of doctors in the U.S. who perform abortions later in pregnancy, which are rare, expensive and politically charged.
So far, 43 states have tightened restrictions on when abortions can be performed during a pregnancy. While Colorado isn’t one of them, groups are collecting signatures for an initiative to ban all abortions after 22 weeks except for those to save the life of the mother, Anna reports.
“We have built a grassroots coalition of people with diverse interests and backgrounds who believe that abortion up to the date of birth is too extreme,” wrote Giuliana Day, co-sponsor of the Colorado initiative, to The Denver Post in response to questions.
Read more here.
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