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  • Mental health court produces first graduate

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Too often, mentally ill defendants find that cracks in the criminal justice system lead straight to jail or prison, Deborah Grohs said. She noticed it as a public defender, and then as a 4th Judicial District Court judge. "The jails became the mental health institutions," Grohs...

  • Medical marijuana oil bill aims to help children across U.S.

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Parents who flocked to Colorado in search of medical marijuana oil to treat their children's severe epilepsy reacted with guarded optimism to legislation announced Monday aimed at legalizing the oil - calling it a first step at returning home. The bill by a Pennsylvania...

  • Homeless Colorado Springs man emboldened by Occupy effort appeals jail time

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Nearly three years ago, Steven Bass' tent led to a police ticket - a ticket that led to a trial, an appeal denied and 160-day sentence in El Paso County jail. Bass, the first person cited under Colorado Springs' camping ban, remains mired in a legal battle backed by a University of...

  • Rocky Ford cantaloupes hit stores despite loss of crop to winter storms

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    This year's batch of Rocky Ford cantaloupes began appearing in stores Friday, according to the growers association overseeing farming of the fruit in southern Colorado. The arrival comes shortly after the Rocky Ford Growers Association announced deep losses to its crop this year due...

  • Man dies when ATV collides with delivery truck

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    A Cañon City man died late Friday night after the ATV he was driving collided with a FedEx delivery truck on a dirt driveway. William Russell, 63, was flown by helicopter to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs but died several hours later, according to the Colorado State Patrol....

  • Technology helps father attend memorial for boy killed by out-of-control car

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Raphael Hameed spoke from a hospital bed, but his voice could be heard via Skype in a dimly lit chapel across town. He spoke to a crowd gathered around his son's ashes. "Your children are the best of you. Do not take them for granted," he said. On Friday, Hameed watched from...

  • Head of Colorado health insurance exchange leaving for job with Cigna

    Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The head of Colorado's health insurance exchange will leave in August to take a job with Cigna. Patty Fontneau, who helped create Connect for Health Colorado and who oversaw the exchange's opening on Oct. 1, 2013, will become the presidnet of private exchange business for the massive...

  • Colorado Springs teen treated for rabies after exposure to rabid bat

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    A teenager must undergo treatment for exposure to rabies after a rabid bat was found in west Colorado Springs. The case marks the third time a child needed the painful shots in less than a month, according to El Paso County Public Health. Two children underwent treatment in late June...

  • Unlike others in Colorado, El Paso County not planning to house immigrant children

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Unlike elsewhere in the state, El Paso County officials have no plans to start housing unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border, a county spokeswoman said Friday. A shelter for those children is being considered by Denver Human Services, which might repurpose a 54-bed...

  • UCCS Aging Center gets more than $500,000 in grants

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Michael Kenny prefers to focus less on patients' lifespans than on their "healthspans." To do that, people need great food, fitness and mental health. "You've got that three-legged stool that if you address all those things, you're really promoting wellness," said Kenny, director...