Charity Health Care Hard to Come by for Undocumented Immigrants

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Undocumented immigrants in Colorado have it tough when it comes to accessing low-cost specialty medical care. Obtaining health insurance is difficult, and a tangle of state and federal laws and hospital policies can conspire to deny charity care.

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Major Weapon Against Sex Assault Isn’t Offered on Most Campuses

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Although the federal government has called on colleges to do more to help victims of sexual assault, one of the most important tools in fighting rape – the sexual assault forensic exam, often referred to as SANE exam or rape kit – isn’t widely available on college campuses.

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Governor Signs New Law Boosting Campus Response to Sex Assaults

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Gov. Hickenlooper has signed legislation upping the requirements for state colleges in dealing with sex assaults. The new law follows an I-News investigation last fall that showed an important medical test for victims wasn’t widely available.

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Campus Rape Story Goes Viral, Raising Questions about Lack of Justice

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A report by Rolling Stone magazine about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house went viral this week, forcing the school’s president to confront allegations of a sexual assault epidemic on campus. Questions about justice loomed large.

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SANE Exam, Important Tool Against Rape, Initiated at Foothills Hospital

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Boulder’s Foothills Hospital opened its 24-7 sexual assault nurse examiner program on March 14. One aspect of the exam, which didn’t exist previously in Boulder County, is the collection of legal evidence that can put rapists behind bars.

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Rape Kits Can be Hard to Find for College Students

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The sexual assault forensic exam is a key tool leading to the conviction of rapists, and in ensuring the physical well-being of survivors. But the so-called SANE exam, or rape kit, isn’t offered at CU, or anywhere in Boulder County, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found. The same is true of CSU and Fort Collins.

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Colo. Senate Advances Bill To Strengthen Colleges’ Rape Kit Rules

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Colorado colleges and universities must designate a nearby medical facility where their students can receive Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams, under proposed legislation passed by a Senate committee Monday.

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Water quality issues facing farmers, town officials and scientists in the U.S.

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“Watching our Water” is a production of Harvest Public Media at NET in Nebraska, with production partners KCPT in Kansas City and Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver. It is produced with support from CPB, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Study says legalized marijuana could lead to more ingestion accidents among children

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Increased availability of marijuana in Colorado could lead to more children accidentally ingesting the drug, according to a new study conducted in the state. Voters last fall in Colorado and in Washington state legalized sales of pot for recreational use to anyone 21 and older.

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Teens using marijuana face higher risk of addiction, changes to brain

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He’s 16 but his baby face makes him look a little older than 10, his age when he first tried marijuana.

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Under Siege: Marijuana and Colorado Schools

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A handful of students from Denver’s East High School recently spent a warm January lunch period huddled against a brick home two blocks from the school, passing a joint and discussing the merits of medical marijuana.

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Jails, Prisons Are Common Repository for Those with Mental Illness

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Many more people suffering with mental illnesses are in jail or prison in Colorado than in a therapeutic hospital setting.And many of the state's sheriffs are outspoken with their opinions that that should not be the case.

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Top Five Lists: Gun Deaths by Census Tract

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Top neighborhoods for overall gun deaths between 2000 and 2011

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Gun Deaths by County

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Residents in Boulder County had one of the lowest death rates from guns among the state’s most populous counties during the 12 years between the Columbine High School and Aurora theater massacres.

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Treatment for rare condition forces teen from school

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An attack seizes Chaz Moore’s body, stealing much of his breath. Spasms in his throat, lungs and diaphragm cause the 17-year-old to speak in hiccups, one syllable at a time.

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